Manifold Valley

Walk 24: Manifold Valley, via Thor’s Cave

An interesting journey which tells a story of dramatic caves – both man-made and natural, to the backdrop of the beautiful Manifold Valley.

From Wetton, you head north past Wetton Hill and on to Ecton – a good opportunity to see the old Copper Mine shafts and remaining buildings. From Ecton, you join the River Manifold and follow it south to Wetton Mill. The final stretch involves a visit to the mighty Thor’s Cave.

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  • Distance: 7.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum Duration: 4 hrs
  • Refreshments: PubCafe
  • Route: Download .gpx file
  • Start Grid Ref: SK 10905 55155

Parking Location

Free parking is available at the car park on Carr Lane, Wetton, DE6 2AF.

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Safety First

Please do not rely on this walking guide to solely navigate a hike. Always take a map and compass with you and make sure know how to use them. Hiking is generally safe, but there are always potential risks. Use common sense, plan your route beforehand and make a reasonable judgment at all times.


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