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


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 the hike. Always take a paper map and compass with you and make sure you 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.


Written directions coming soon.

  • Farm equipment
  • Mine shaft
  • Powered House, Ecton
  • Ecton
  • Flower - Manifold Valley
  • Swainsley Tunnel
  • Unusual rock formation
  • Wetton Mill Cafe
  • River Manifold
  • Cave entrance
  • Steps to Thor's Cave
  • Thor's Cave

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Leigh Walker

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Hi I'm Leigh, the creator Walk In Derbyshire. I've been walking in the Peak District National Park for over 30 years and have a huge passion for connecting with nature and hiking in the outdoors. I write up the all the walks for Walk In Derbyshire and am also the lead on our group hikes.


  1. Ffi7th May 2022

    Loved this walk 🙂 took us about 5 hours with a stop for lunch and then a coffee at the tea rooms – would recommend!! very rewarding with Thor’s cave just near the end

    1. Walk In Derbyshire31st May 2022

      Glad you liked it! Thanks for the comment.


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