The Toad's Mouth - Padley Gorge and the Burbage Valley

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Jan 20

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14km (8.5 miles) mid-winter. 290m of elevation gain. Max elevation 455m.

A classic Peak District walk around the spectacular Burbage Valley and onto Stanage Edge. It is the second of a Peak District 'double-header' this weekend.

Starting off from the Grindleford Station Café, we head up through Padley Gorge, along Burbage Brook and then across onto the stark, yet beautiful Hathersage Moor.  The moor and the Burbage Valley is surrounded on one side by the long, exposed gritstone edge of Burbage Rocks and on the other by the two peaks of Higger Tor and the pre-historic hill fort of Carl Wark. We trace our way around the moor along these ridges, taking in the spectacular views across the valley. The toad in the rock points the way!

Depending on weather we may also head out along the impressive Stanage Edge.  After taking a break for lunch in a peaceful spot with a sweeping view of this stunning valley, we make our way back to Grindleford via the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate.  

Longshaw was the hunting lodge built in the 1830s for the Duke of Rutland to entertain parties of visitors as they bagged their grouse from the nearby moorland.

Weekend Double-header

This is one of a "weekend double-header" of day walks Skip is leading in this part of the Peak District.  The other is The Shivering Mountain - Mam Tor and the Great Ridge day walk on Saturday 19 January.  Why not make a weekend of it and do both walks?!


The leader will be staying in Castleton on the Friday and Saturday nights - there are several accommodation options, including the nearby YHA Castleton Losehill Hall as well as several B&Bs and hotels dotted around the Hope Valley.  You’ll need to make your own arrangements for accommodation (and food), should you make a weekend of it. Don’t forget ODL members receive a 10% discount on advance YHA accommodation bookings using the code on the member benefits page.

Feel free to contact Skip with any questions you may have.

Image credits: Toad's Mouth: © David Pickersgill used under licence. All other photos © Skip Evans


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