Bole Hill, Higger Tor, Padley Gorge

2 Hr 14 mins

5.41 miles (8.71 Km)

Road leading to Grindleford Station

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Note: The northern part of this route is covered on OS map OL1

Head past the station café on your right and follow the track just past the renovated Padley Chapel on your right to a cattle grid and a sign “Longshaw Estate”.
Immediately after the cattle grid (gate on right) turn right uphill.
When the wall on your right ends, continue uphill bearing right to skirt round the steeper boldered area in front of you.
When you see a wall, follow the path around its left end and up to a plateau.
Trend right across the plateau passing the remains of a stone building on your left.
Take the well defined path uphill to a gate.
Head right for 20 mtrs then left uphill to another larger plateau filled with silver birch trees.
Follow the wide path through the wood keeping the craggy outcrop away to your right.
The path eventually bears left and slightly uphill away from the crag which now becomes considerably higher and is the well known climbing area of Lawrencefield with its nice setting around a pond.
At the end of the climbing area a wall can be seen over to the right. Head right and uphill here crossing the wall.
Towards the top take the left fork and at the top head left to the stile.
Over the stile turn left, through the gate and up to the road.
Turn left at the road and follow the bend round to the right.
After the bend, take the track on the opposite side of the road heading up to Millstone quarry.
A series of paths takes you past the various climbing bays of the old quarry. Probably every serious UK climber will have spent time battling with some of the extreme climbing at Millstone.
Towards the end of the quarry the path leads to the top and to a stile onto the moor.
Turn left over the stile and in the distance you’ll see 2 rocky outcrops (ignoring the one a few hundred mtrs to your right) with a large flat rocky plateau beyond them. This is Higger Tor.
The path leads you past the rocky outcrops on your right and eventually up to Higger Tor (excellent views).
Head to the right hand end of the plateau and a rocky descent leads you down onto a well defined path leading to another rocky plateau (wall at the end nearest to you) with the road in site well beyond.
Head to this plateau and traverse it between the boulders to its far left corner (nearest to road).
Drop down over rocks to narrow path and follow this via a stream crossing (can be fun when there has been a lot of rain and the water level is high) and a wide path to the road.
Cross the road directly, through the gate marked “Longshaw”.
After 50 mtrs bear right downhill, through gate and continue downhill to the wooden bridge over the stream.
Head downstream keeping it on your left, passing 2 wooden bridges (don’t cross the stream) and through a metal gate.
Continue downhill through the wood to a sign right “Surprise View & Bolehill Quarry”.
Continue straight on for 200 mtrs where the main path bears right up a series of stone steps but turn left downhill at this point.
Zig-zag left then right downhill to a bridge.
Cross the bridge and take the steps over to the right.
At the path at the top turn right then right again bringing you back towards the stream.
Keep following the path downstream, past green railings where the stream passes through a short tunnel.
At the road turn left which brings you back to the café and parking area

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