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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Burbage Edge and Burbage Rocks

It was Ike's turn this week and we decided to go up to Burbage Edge to see the heather before it gets past its best. We first stopped outside the bottom end of the Longshaw estate and took a couple of pics towards Higger tor and Carl Wark. We then headed up to the car park at Upper Burbage Bridge. The morning weather was fantastic with the low sun blinding us. Even Geoff hadn't been on the edge so it was a first for all of us. We decided to walk along the top edge going towards Toadmouth Bridge and return on the lower path past a couple of the old quarries.
This weeks route around Burbage Edge and rocks

Higger Tor and Carl Wark
Higger Tor and Carl Wark
These two prominent gritstone 
outcrops guard the western 
edge of the Burbage Valley. 
Carl Wark is topped with the 
remains of what is thought to be 
a Bronze or Iron Age hill fort.



Geoff chatting to a walker with Stanage Edge in the background.





Me







Geoff







The Burbage Valley is a basin partly surrounded by 
scarps or edges of gritstone Rocks and Minerals with 
Burbage Rocks to the east and Higger Tor and Carl Wark 
to the west. The rocks were formed in a period geologists call 
the Carboniferous (around 360–300 million years ago).

Packhorse bridge across Burbage Brook



Mother Cap on Hathersage Moor



This is a stone trough abandoned  after the mason had unfortunately split it.

Rob & Ike with Higger Tor and Carl Wark behind


Sun rising over an old quarry on Burbage Rocks

Over Owler Tor and Mother Cap

This overhang is about the size of my house!!

Giant mill wheels just abandoned






Breakfast time in the quarry.

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More abandoned mill wheel's 

Rob











This gritstone edge runs for 
nearly two miles along the 
eastern side of the valley. It 
is one of the most popular 
rock climbing areas in the Peak District.


Rob, Geoff, Ike and me with the Burbage valley below.


Burbage Brook and Upper Burbage Bridge

Back at the car park
This is a cracking walk only 3 3/4 miles but in my opinion the most stunning scenery of all the edges.
The first time any of us had been there but it wont be the last.
See you next week.