This great walk in the Peak District takes in many highlights without having to hike too many miles!
It takes on the highs of Burbage Edge, Over Owler Tor and Higgor Tor towards the beginning and end of the walk. Then there’s a great low-level section through the Longshaw Estate, including Padley Gorge.
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk, including options to start the walk from Longshaw Estate or Grindleford.
There’s also route information, facilities on the walk, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.
I would always recommend that you take a paper map with you on the walk, details below on which map you need for this walk.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this walk and what you think!
Burbage Edge, Padley Gorge + Higgor Tor from Upper Burbage Bridge
Burbage Edge, Padley Gorge + Higgor Tor walk mapClick for OS online route here
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 260 829
Car parking address: Upper Burbage Bridge car park, Ringinglow Road, Hope Valley, S32 1BR
This is a relatively small car park, for about 30 spaces. There are also a few more spaces for cars in a layby on the road.
Alternatively, you can start this walk from the Woodcroft car park on the Longshaw Estate or if you are catching the train then you can start from Grindleford train station (about 500 metres from the walk route).
Free parking at Upper Burbage Edge car park
Woodcroft car park – This is free for National Trust members. Or £3.50 for up to 4 hours and £5.00 for over 4 hours.
Nearest train station: Grindleford train station (0.3 mile/0.5 km)
The train station is towards the middle of the walk so you’d simply start the walk from the station and complete the loop from Stage 3.
Facilities on the walk
There are no public toilets available at the start of the walk at Upper Burbage Bridge car park.
However, there are public toilets at the end of Burbage Edge section as you enter the Longshaw Estate.
Other useful information
This is a great walk to do, with a mix of different scenery. There’s no shelter up on the Burbage Edge and Higgor Tor sections but you can enjoy some shelter on the walk through Padley Gorge.
The route is signposted in places but I would always recommend you take a map and compass (see below).
Check the weather for your walk location and hills
- BBC Weather for Hathersage
- Met Office weather for the Peak District
- Met Office weather for Hathersage
Ordnance Survey Walk Map
Annoyingly this walk goes over two maps!
For the Burbage Edge + Over Owler Tor section, the map for this part is OL1 – Peak District (Dark Peak Area).
And for the Longshaw Estate and Padley Gorge part of the walk, the map required for section walk is OL24 – Peak District (White Peak Area)
You can buy a paper map at outdoor shops or shop online at Amazon or Ordnance Survey
OL1 Map – Check prices here with Ordnance Survey, there are options to buy either standard map or a waterproof one. You can sometimes find cheaper deals on Amazon, but the Ordnance Survey website sometimes has discounts for buying more than one map!
And don’t forget your compass.
There are lots to choose from, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!one month or yearly options with OS Online App. For one month, the prices start from £2.99 a month or the annual option is from £23.99.
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Burbage Edge, Padley Gorge + Higgor Tor walk route
Stage 1 – Upper Burbage Bridge to End of Burbage Edge
Distance: 1.9 miles/3 km
Grid reference SK 260 829
From the Upper Burbage Bridge car park, go through the gate and head east down a track parallel to the road.
The path takes you across two small streams, which you can easily cross unless there’s been heavy rain (if this is the case then head up to the road and through the gate back on track).
There is a track called Sheffield Country Walk, which takes a lower route. To do the Burbage Edge walk you simply need to navigate up slightly to reach a more rugged looking trail.
From here you follow Burbage Edge for about 2 km, where you’ll reach two stone cairns. Continue walking in a south-westerly direction for another 1 km until the path starts to descend and you reach the road.
Stage 2 – End of Burbage Edge to Padley Gorge
Distance: 2.2 mile/3.5 km
Grid reference SK 262 805
Cross the road and go through a wooden gate, with a National Trust sign for Longshaw.
Follow the path left (option to shorten the walk here – see bottom of post), until you reach a second gate, signposted Visitor Centre leading to a road.
Cross the road, turn right, then down the track which leads into Longshaw Estate.
At this point, there’s a cafe and toilets, the only ones on the walk.
Back on the path, continue walking, there is a crossroad of paths, but keep going straight heading south. Follow the track through a wooden gate.
Then after about 300 metres look for a path on your right. It’s a stone stile, dropping down into the field.
Follow the footpath as it goes west across the field then bear left alongside a boundary wall, enclosing Oak’s Wood. At the corner of the boundary wall, you’ll see a stone crossing over the water then the path heads uphill.
At the top, go through a gate on your left into the woods. Make your way along the path, looking out for a path after a few hundred metres that descends down to the stream.
Follow the path down with the stream on your right all the way until you reach the road, next to a sign for Yarncliffe Wood.
Go through the stone stile in the wall onto the road and turn left.
Stage 3 – Padley Gorge to Over Owler Tor
Distance: 1.7 miles/2.8 km
Grid reference SK 252 787
Walk for 50 metres before reaching a second stone stile and a National Trust sign for Padley Gorge.
Follow the path through Padley Gorge, down to a wooden bridge.
Cross here and follow the path heading upwards with Burbage Brook on your right.
Continue all the way until you reach another footbridge (don’t cross) but instead take the single track path on your left. (This is where to re-join if you’re shortening the walk – See details at bottom of post)
Follow this all the way to Owler Tor, great for a little explore, then go through the gate and across the road.
Walk up the path to Over Owler Tor.
Stage 4 – Over Owler Tor via Higgor Tor to Upper Burbage Bridge
Distance: 1.7 miles/2.8 km
Grid reference SK 250 807
From Over Owler Tor, you then continue towards the sheepfold. And in front, you’ll see the gritstone rocks of Higgor Tor.
You can follow the trail directly up, then turn right onto the footpath on Higgor Tor.
From here you simply turn left and follow the footpath back down to Upper Burbage car park.
Do you have any more questions about this walk, maybe what to wear on your hike or any other questions? Ask me in the comments below.
Options to shorten this walk
Shorten the walk
If you want to shorten the walk, after crossing the road from the bottom of Burbage Edge, go through the gate then turn right instead of left. (Stage 2).
This reduces the length of the walk by about 2 miles/3 km.
Continue down the footpath with the stream on your left until you meet the junction of paths (in the middle of stage 3)Click for OS online route here
More Walks in the Peak District
Love the walks in the Peak District? You might like these Peak District circular walks.
- Curbar Edge + Froggatt Edge – White Peaks
- The Roaches, Lud’s Church and Hen Cloud
- Shutlingsloe walk and Macclesfield Forest
- Langsett Reservoir walk
Have you done this walk, let me know any feedback in the comments. Which bits of the walk did you like?
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