Higger Tor

Walk 12: Rock Burbage Rocks

A relatively short but rewarding walk that delivers impressive rocky terrain and stunning 360 views of the Peak District.

Starting at the beautiful Longshaw Estate you climb the prominent Higger Tor then skirt back along the impressive Burbage Edge before descending back down for a well-earned refreshment at the National Trust Longshaw cafe.

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  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum Duration: 3 hrs
  • Route: Download .gpx file
  • Start Grid Ref: SK 26623 80045


Paid parking available at Longshaw Lodge, S11 7TZ.


Derbyshire, UK

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Safety First

Please do not rely on this walking guide to solely navigate the hike. Always take a paper map and compass with you and make sure you know how to use them. Hiking is generally safe, but there are always potential risks. Use common sense, plan your route beforehand and make a reasonable judgment at all times.


  1. From the Longshaw car park, head down towards Longshaw Lodge. There are toilets and refreshments if refueling is required.
  2. Turn right at the road leading up to Longshaw Lodge and walk for about 200 meters until reaching the main road.
  3. Cross the road and head through the gated stile next to the white gate. Walk through the wooded area following the stream for about half a mile until reaching Hathersage Road.
  4. Pass through the gate, cross Burbage Bridge, heading left for about 100 meters until reaching the second stile in the wall on the right.
  5. Cross the stile and take the path over the wild moorland towards Higger Tor in the distance.  After about half a mile you’ll pass Carl Wark on the right.
  6. Continue the ascend up to Higger Tor.
  7. Once reaching Higger Tor, continue north along the path for almost 1 mile until reaching Upper Burbage Bridge.
  8. Cross the stream and follow the path as it swings right and heads along Burbage Rocks. Continue for 1 mile.
  9. When reaching a crossroads in the path signified by a cairn, continue forward – the path will begin to head right along another rocky edge.
  10. Continue for a three-quarter-mile until reaching Hathersage Road again. Cross the road, head through the gate opposite and retrace your steps back to the Longshaw car park.

  • Burbage Edge
  • Wooden stile
  • Burbage Edge
  • Burbage Edge
  • Burbage Edge
  • Higger Tor
  • Burbage Edge

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Leigh Walker

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Hi I'm Leigh, the creator Walk In Derbyshire. I've been walking in the Peak District National Park for over 30 years and have a huge passion for connecting with nature and hiking in the outdoors. I write up the all the walks for Walk In Derbyshire and am also the lead on our group hikes.

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