Carl Wark
Iron Age Hillfort
West of Sheffield, South Yorkshire  OS Map Ref SK25948145
OS Maps - Landranger 110 (Sheffield & Huddersfield), Explorer OL1 (The Peak District - Dark Peak Area)

Carl Wark Hillfort
Carl Wark looking south from Higger Tor. The western wall can be seen just above the path to the right.
The site of Carl Wark lies just within the Yorkshire side of the border with Derbyshire in the middle of the impressive Hathersage Moor. To the north is the rocky outcrop of Higger Tor with its collapsing blocks of stone sliding down the hillside, to the east is a slope down to a valley bottom and then the edge of Burbage Rocks while to the southwest is Millstone Edge and a natural balancing rock tor. The site of the hillfort itself is a gritstone outcrop that runs approximately southeast-northwest, this northwestern end forming a fairly gentle slope leading up to flattish platform that is surrounded on the other three side by fairly steep rock drops. The northwestern end has the remains of a drystone revetment wall running across it that still survives over 2 metres in height on the outer side with an earth and rubble bank piled against it on the inner side of the fort. This wall which may date to the Iron Age or later is around 40 metres in length and just to the south of it a steep climb leads up to a single interned entrance that is now in a very poor state of repair, the whole inner area of the fort covering about 1 hectare. Much of this area is covered with large boulders and it is hard to see why the people who went to the effort and trouble to build walls and an entrance would leave these boulders cluttering the living space, if indeed this site was ever inhabited. An intriguing sight-line exists between Carl Wark and the hillfort of Mam Tor about 10 miles to the west. Interestingly Mam Tor cannot be seen from the south of Carl Wark until one has walked though the entrance and up onto the banks behind the walling when it suddenly appears dark and brooding in silhouette on the horizon.
Although this site is thought to date from the Iron Age it sits in an area rich in Bronze Age remains including cairn, ring cairn and field systems and it could well be that use of Carl Wark started even earlier during the Neolithic.
Carl Wark Defensive Wall
The western defensive wall.

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