Peak District Walk - Longshaw and Higger Tor
PUBLISHED: 14:16 18 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:47 03 May 2020
Pat Tidsall and Roma Wilcock explore some of the Peak’s best walking country with spectacular views
Linear distance: 5 miles with extra 2 miles to include lake
Total height climbed: About 460ft
Approx. time: 3 to 4 hours
Car Park: Longshaw National Trust Car Park, Grid Ref SK266801
Paths: Moorland tracks and paths. A rocky scramble off Higger Tor
Refreshments: Fox House Inn and Longshaw Visitor Centre
Toilets: Visitor Centre
1. From the car park walk down towards the visitor centre, crossing the bridge then turning right to reach the main drive.
2. Turn right along the drive to the B6521 and turn right for a few metres. Cross the road to go through a gated stile by the white estate
3. Follow the path through the open woodland of Longshaw Estate (Burbage Brook). In about 400 metres, at a fork of paths bear right off the wider path to follow a narrow grass path up to the road.
4. (B) Go through a gated stile and cross the busy A6187. Enter a wide short track to pass by the end of a gate. You are now on the ‘Sheffield Country Walk’.
5. Follow the clear wide moorland path below Burbage Rocks ignoring all side paths. In 1.5 miles pass the stone seat and notice board to go through a metal gate. (C)
6. Turn left along the road over the Upper Burbage Bridges. Turn left into the car park and follow the fence on the left to go through the metal (wheelchair friendly) gate on the left.
N.B. If the brook is not too high you can cross it via stones below the bridges instead of walking along the road.
7. (D) Take the right hand fork uphill aiming for the rocks of Higger Tor ahead. As you approach the Tor you will see the rock-stepped path that you follow.
8. At the top of the path, just below rock outcrops ahead, turn left at a T-junction of paths. (E) Pass the short posts on the left.
9. Walk across the rocky flat top of Higger Tor gradually bearing round to the right. Continue along the ridge almost to the end when you will see the road.
10. Take a path down on the right for a few metres then turn left to walk parallel to the road. (F) Soon you will leave Higger Tor, turning right downhill.
11. At a junction of paths turn left, take the path between a small copse on the right and a walled paddock over to the left. You now have a wall on the right. (G)
12. Follow the main moorland path below Winyards Nick and Over Owler Tor. After about half a mile the path bends round right uphill to an old stile (do not cross it).
13. (H) You now follow a fence across Millstone Edge for about half a mile. As you descend towards the road you will see paths off to the left, through the heather and bracken down to Surprise View Car Park. Take the second wider path. Enter the car park via a gate.
14. Cross the car park and the busy A6187 to turn left along a narrow path by the road. In about 200 metres turn right by two stone gateposts to go down a bank and through a gate.
15. Walk down a sunken path to Burbage Brook.
16. (I) Cross the footbridge ahead to walk up to the road. Cross the road diagonally left to go through a gate signed ‘Visitor Centre ½ mile’.
17. Pass the information hut to follow the path through the open woodland of the estate. At the wooden sculpture − is it a spider? − keep straight on with a fence on the left.
18. Go through a gate and on to pass the lake, to follow a track round to the left going through a gate. The rhododendrons are quite magnificent at this time of the year. After another gate the path takes you across more open country before passing under trees and through a gate. (J)
19. Walk below Longshaw Hall and up to the drive below the Visitor Centre. Turn left then retrace your outward route back to the car park. n