Higger Tor - Peak District Walk

Tuesday 29th May 2012

As the West Indies hadn't managed to drag the test out to five days and I therefore wouldn't be going to Trent Bridge I decided to make the most of the last of the promised good weather and headed to Higger Tor. When I set off I had a definite route in mind but it turned out to be a case of following my feet today and going where the mood took me.

Start: Surprise View car park (SK 2521 8009)

Route: Surprise View car park - Mother Cap - Over Owler Tor - Carl Wark - Higger Tor - Fiddler's Elbow - Burbage Rocks - Longshaw Estate - Owler Tor - Surprise View car park

Distance: 5.75 miles     Ascent: 321 metres      Time Taken: 3 hours 20 mins

Terrain: Good paths with a short scramble onto Higger Tor.

Weather: Sunny and warm.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

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A nice surprise at the start of the walk, another Ranger Service bench. I hope to find all 50 of them and must count up how many I have now found.

Eyam Moor

After a short walk through the wood I get a view across to Eyam Moor.

Mother Cap

Mother Cap is one of those rocks that once you have seen it you can't fail to spot it, even from a fair distance away.

Mother Cap

From behind it doesn't look quite so distinctive, but much easier to climb.

Over Owler Tor

Heading for Over Owler Tor.

Over Owler Tor

There are plenty of rocks to explore on Over Owler Tor.

Hope Valley

It's well worth scrambling onto one or two of them to enjoy the best views, here looking along the Hope Valley.

Stanage Edge

Looking towards Stanage and Bamford Edge.

Higger Tor

I originally planned to follow this path around the back of Higger Tor.

Carl Wark

I wasn't planning on visiting Carl Wark today.

Over Owler Tor

Over Owler Tor. Shortly after taking this shot I decided to take a path I'd not walked before that headed off towards Carl Wark.

Higger Tor

Higger Tor. I never tire of looking at this outcrop from whichever angle you view it it always has an interesting shape.

Higger Tor & Carl Wark

If I hadn't of taken the path I would never have come across this bench with such a wonderful view. Time for a mid-morning muffin break I think.

We share a birthday, but not the year of birth.

Carl Wark

The defensive wall on Carl Wark.

Higger Tor

Heading for Higger Tor, which was teeming with school parties learning to scramble or enjoying a geography/history lesson.

Fiddler's Elbow

Heading for Fiddler's Elbow.

Burbage Brook

This is my normal start or end point when I do Higger Tor so it was very strange not to be heading for the car park. Instead I took the opportunity to cross the two streams for a view of Burbage Brook.

Burbage Valley

Looking back along the Burbage Valley.

Burbage Rocks

A distant Eyam Moor from my return route along the top of Burbage Rocks.

Burbage Valley

The old quarry below Burbage Rocks.

Carl Wark & Higger Tor

Not a bad lunchtime view.

Burbage Brook

Burbage Brook, a popular spot for picnics and paddling.

Owler Tor

Owler Tor suffers from being too close to the road and car park, although you can't see it, it is surrounded by litter and broken glass.

These sheep had the right idea.

Owler Tor

A final look at Owler Tor as I head for the car park and seeing as there was an ice-cream van in the car park a small 99.


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