GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Higger Tor

4 miles (6 km)

This circular Peak District walk visits the prehistoricCarl Wark and Higger Tor on the eastern moor of the Dark Peak. It's quite a challenging walk reaching a height of 434m (1,424ft) at Higger Tor. From the high points there are splendid views over the Peak District landscape.
Start the walk from the parking area off the A6187 near Burbage Bridge. From here you can pick up the footpaths heading north onto Burbage Moor. The route continues along the Burbage Rocks to Upper Burbage Bridge where you turn south. You pass along Fiddler's Elbow before reaching Higger Tor where there's a number of strange grey gritstone rocks.
You continue south across Hathersage Moor where you will soon reach Carl Wark. The photogenic rockypromontoryis faced by vertical cliffs on all but one side, which is protected by a prehistoric embankment. It stands at a height of370 metres (1,214ft) above sea level and is approximately 230 metres (750ft) long and 60 metres (200ft) wide.
After exploring Carl Wark the route continues south to the car park, passing another interestingly shaped rock at Toad's Mouth on the way.
To continue your walking in the area head north west to the nearby Stanage Edge. The stunning gritstoneescarpment is one of the highlights of the area.
For an alternative route the tor see our Hathersage Circular Walk which starts and ends from the village.

Higger Tor OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Higger Tor Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Fox House Inn is located just to the south east of Burbage Bridge (Postcode:S11 7TY). The rustic country pub/restaurant includes a comfort food menu and exposed beams. There's also lovely gardens outside where you can enjoy your meal with lovely views. It also has an intersting history dating all the way back to 1773.

Dog Walking

The moors and hills are a great place to take fit dogs for a walk. The Fox House Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly. There is generally water and treats available here.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Burbage Edge and Burbage Brook Walk is an alternative circular walk you can do in the area. It starts from the Upper Burbage Bridge Car Park which is located at the northern end of the rocks. It will take you up to the rocks before returning along the pretty brook with its interesting old packhorse bridge.
The brook runs south into the National Trust's Longshaw Estate where there are miles woodland and country trails to try. Eventually it comes to the splendid Padley Gorge which is another walking highlight of the area.
The Sheffield Country Walk passes just to the east of the tor. The circular long distance trail is a great way of extending your walking in the area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Peak District Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Burbage Bridge spanning the A6187 - - 687693

Burbage Bridge spanning the A6187. Adjacent to Toad's Mouth.

Carl Wark - - 1091802

Carl Wark

Packhorse Bridge over Burbage Brook - - 1076422

Mid-18th-century packhorse bridge over Burbage Brook

Rocks at Higger Tor - - 1634697

Rocks at Higger Tor

Rocky outcrop on Higger Tor - - 545280

Rocky outcrop on Higger Tor. The Tor is a millstone grit outcrop and this view from the top looks beyond the rocks on the edge to the heather below on Hathersage Moor.

Carl Wark (left) and Higger Tor - - 205755

Carl Wark (left) and Higger Tor

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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