Burbage Valley, Burbage Edge and the features it contains is always a popular destination for walkers at any time of year. A couple of days ago we ventured out to capture what little light there was and blow away the cobwebs that had accumulated over the Christmas break. We’d both done less walking than we would have liked due to falling ill with a nasty flu bug and Carol getting a chest infection. That compounded by having the family round had tied us to the house for what seemed like an eternity.
Like all popular areas of the Peak District, in no small part due to its proximity to Sheffield, we found Burbage to be quite busy at the start of our walk. That’s nice as there are lots of people to talk to but as a student we met pointed out, not what you look for when you’re up on the hills in search of a bit of solitude.
Car parking was also a problem so we had to park east of Burbage North along Ringinglow Road. That did add another kilometre to the walk so all-in-all a good thing as we need to get plenty of exercise in to counteract the Christmas indulgences.
At this time of year, unless it’s frozen solid Burbage Edge can be very boggy. Although it wasn’t the worst we’ve seen we were both glad to be properly kitted out with walking boots. A lot of people up there in trainers may well have had soggy socks by the end of their walk.
We walked along Burbage Edge to Burbage south then back up Sheffield Country Walk in the Valley Bottom to return to Ringinglow Road and the car. Not too taxing but certainly welcome after days of inactivity. We could have cut up, across the old packhorse bridge towards Karl Wark and/or Higgar Tor to take in the view from the West of the Valley. This time we chose not to as we were having friends over to see the New Year in and needed to get back in plenty of time for them.
Here are some of the images we captured on this short but very welcome walk: