Burbage, Mother Cap & Higger Tor

The Peak District National Park was created in 1951, the first national park in the UK. Walking in the Peak District can be quite varied, with the more gentle limestone dales of the White Peak and the higher, gritstone moors of the Dark Peak, meaning there’s something for everyone.

Burbage, Mother Cap & Higger Tor

The area around Burbage Edge and Higger Tor is one of the finest parts of the Peak District. Despite being so accessible, it feels like you’re away from it all and you’re rewarded with fantastic views virtually every step of the way.

The walk starts from Burbage Bridge car park, and descends down Burbage Edge to Longshaw. Here, the route follows the upper section of Padley Gorge before an easy climb up to Surprise View. There’s then a short, steeper section that brings you up to Mother Cap and Over Owler Tor, followed by a nice flat section across the moor to Higger Tor. The second steeper climb is encountered here, but it’s soon over and Higger Tor is traversed as you make your way across to the southern extents of the famous Stanage Edge.

If time permits, there’s the option of a short excursion to Robin Hood’s Cave, but otherwise the route turns south to the trig point and then back down to the car park. It really is a great, but not difficult, walk.

Walk Details

Distance – 9.5km or 6 miles

Ascent – 270 metres or 885 feet.

Terrain – Mainly footpaths, sometimes a little rocky underfoot, some road walking, two steeper but short climbs

Getting There

We’ve chosen to start the walk at Burbage Bridge, as parking is free and you can also park by the side of the road.  However you could also start from Surprise View Car Park – and join the route at Stage 7 (note that charges apply in the car park). Higger Tor is also an option, as there’s parking by the roadside.

The walk is also accessible by bus from the Hope Valley and Sheffield, with stops at Surprise View. Click here for more information.

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