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Issue 9 - Carl Wark & Higger Tor Walk

Start: Free car park at Upper Burbage Bridge (SK 2597 8297)
Route: Upper Burbage Bridge – Burbage Edge – Burbage Brook – Carl Wark – Higger Tor – Fiddler’s Elbow – Upper Burbage Bridge
Map: Explorer OL 1: The Peak District Dark Peak Area
Distance: 3.25 miles
Terrain: Good paths one short section where hands and knees are required..
Refreshments: None on route. Sometimes there is an ice cream van in the car park.
Toilets: None

burbage brrok from burbage rocks
Loooking along Burbage Brook from Burbage Rocks

A walk that ventures into the Peak District, our local National Park and makes an excellent half day’s stroll. Walking along the top of two edges, on good clear paths, this is an ideal first time walk for anyone who has never ventured into the Peak District before.

The views are wide-ranging stretching across the moors to the Hope Valley and the prominent Win Hill in the northwest. With the ferns turning brown as autumn approaches the rocky outcrops and edges stand out magnificently. Carl Wark and Higger Tor, the two features which dominate this walk, are fascinating places to explore.

There is one short section where hands and knees are usually needed but this is well within the means of anyone of average fitness.

route map

Turn right out of car park to the road and cross both of the bridges over Burbage Brook.

After the bridges take 2nd footpath sign on the right and follow the track along the top of Burbage Rocks with views of Higger Tor and Carl Walk across the valley. Somewhere along the edge you will usually come across a group roped up and climbing up the rocks from the valley below.

As the path starts to descend you cross a stream and then come to a clear crossroads with cairns and right of way signs. Head right, downhill, to meet the path running below Burbage Edge and another right of way sign.

Turn left onto this path for a few yards to a further right of way sign at which point turn right, heading downhill, to the corner of the wood you can see below on the valley floor.

Cross Burbage Brook by the stone bridge and follow the clear path uphill until you meet the path joining Carl Wark (L) and Higger Tor (R).

To visit Carl Wark divert left and then reverse your steps to follow the pitched path up to Higger Tor.

higger tor from carl wark
Higger Tor from Carl Wark

Where the path splits close to the top of Higger Tor keep left to pick the easiest route/scramble through the rocks. There is nothing difficult or exposed about this section just be prepared to use knees and hands to get yourself over one or two larger and awkward rocks. Young children will, of course, have hours of fun scrambling up and down this section.

Once on the top of Higger Tor head north, (keep parallel to Burbage Rocks) to pick up the path close to the edge. When this path splits keep right to head downhill and follow the path to Fiddler’s Elbow.

The path climbs over Fiddler’s Elbow to eventually reach the gate into the car park where, if you’re lucky, an ice-cream van may be waiting for you.

Note: We have taken all reasonable steps to ensure that the walk is safe and achievable by walkers of a realistic level of fitness. The publisher accepts no responsibility for any injuries caused to readers whilst following the walk. Always wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
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