Thursday 24th July 2008

Although it appears that the rest of the country has been on holiday for weeks it was the first day of the school holidays in Derbyshire and the number of people I saw on the walk today certainly reflected that fact. This is a walk which, done mid-week, normally means plenty of solitude. Today the main paths were all busy and Burbage Brook was full of young children paddling in the water whist adults picnicked or barbecued next to it. With so many people about I was pleased I had decided to follow the path below Higger Tor to Fiddler's Elbow where I managed to escape the crowds for a short while.

Start: Surprise View car park (SK 1940 6445)


Surprise View car park - Mother Cap - Over Owler Tor - Hathersage Moor - Burbage Brook - Upper Burbage Bridge - Burbage Rocks - Burbage Bridge - Owler Tor - Surprise View car park

Distance: 6 miles     Ascent: 312 metres      Time Taken: 3 hours 30 mins

Terrain: Easy paths, some across moorland.

Weather: Muggy with a thick heat haze.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>


Mother Cap

Mother Cap.

Over Owler Tor

Over Owler Tor from Mother Cap.

Over Owler Tor

Over Owler Tor.

Higger Tor

Looking across Hathersage Moor, from Over Owler Tor, towards Higger Tor.

Stanage Edge

Stanage Edge is just about visible through the thick heat haze.

Over Owler Tor

Looking back to Over Owler Tor as the party that had followed me from the  car park starts to explore the rocks.

Higger Tor

Higger Tor.

Carl Wark

The defensive wall on Carl Wark.

Higger Tor

The path to Higger Tor from Carl Wark, which I would not be following today.

Burbage Brook

The start of the path I was going to follow alongside Burbage Brook.

Fiddler's Elbow

Fiddler's Elbow comes into view.

Burbage Rocks

Burbage Rocks, my return route.

Fiddler's Elbow

Following the path through the ferns to Fiddler's Elbow.

Higger Tor

Looking across the valley from Burbage Rocks to Carl Wark (L), Higger Tor (C) and Fiddler's Elbow (R).

Burbage Rocks

The path along the top of Burbage Rocks.

Burbage Rocks

Burbage Rocks.

Carl Wark & Higger Tor

Carl Wark (L) and Higger Tor (R).

Carl Wark

Zooming in on Carl Wark.

Burbage Brook

The only shot I could get of Burbage Brook that didn't have someone's children in it.

Walking through this grough whist colourful, was  extremely unpleasant, as it was so hot.

Owler Tor

Owler Tor.

Previous walk Lathkill Dale Saturday 19th July 2008 <> Next walk Win Hill Wednesday 30th July 2008


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