Longshaw – Higger Tor – Burbage – Baslow

31 October 2021

The Sutton Rambling Club launches its fortnightly winter rambles programme with a spectacular 11 mile walk on the borders between the White Peak and the Dark Peak. During the day there will be occasions when an easier route can be taken. The club would be very pleased to welcome potential new members.

The coach will drop us off near the Fox House Inn. After a short toilet break we will follow a short stretch of the A625 up to the Toad’s Mouth, a distinctive rock formation. We then head north following a wide grassy track passing by Carl Wark, the site of an ancient hill fort built 2000-2500 years ago. The more energetic members of the group can cut across and climb it if they wish. The main party continue north and then turn right and make a steady ascent of a second rocky hill called Higger Tor. There will be a short mid-morning break at the top. We continue on eventually descending to Upper Burbage Bridge. from where we turn right and enjoy great views as we walk along Burbage Rocks. There is an option to follow a lower level path. The paths merge close to the Longshaw Visitor Centre where we will stop for our main lunch break. There is the choice of a cafe or picnic.

In the afternoon we head south, following a footpath passing behind the Longshaw Lodge and then cross the B6054. and link up with a lovely path across White Edge Moor. Weather permitting, we should be rewarded with splendid views. After a couple of miles we take the footpath down to Curbar Gap, where there should be time for a short break and possibly an ice cream. The final section of the ramble is then a straightforward stroll along Baslow Edge with a steady descent into Baslow village. There may be time for a drink, before the 5.00 pm coach departure home.

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