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Throwley Hall, Soles Hollow and Manifold Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Throwley Hall, Soles Hollow and Manifold Trail is a 10.8 kilometer loop trail located near Leek, Staffordshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
10.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
331 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

historic site

A beautiful circular trail following field paths, farm tracks and the Manifold Valley Trail. The first half of the walk is mainly a gradual uphill climb which rewards you with fine views. On reaching Slade House it is downhill all the way with a steep rocky section down the dale of Soles Hollow. On the walk you will pass through several gates and stiles including wall, squeeze, gated and ladder types. Some sections could be muddy and livestock could be present in some of the fields. Public toilets and refreshments are located in the village of Wetton. You will pass an old lime kiln and the old historic Throwley Hall. Throwley Hall belonged to the Meverell family from 1203 to the mid 17th century and the manor house was built in 1603 for Simon Meverell. Sadly it is now only a ruin and is currently in the care of English Heritage. On the walk you will cross the Rivers Hamps and Manifold. The River Manifold disappears underground from Wetton Mill (except in very wet weather) and does not reappear until it reaches the grounds of Ilam Hall, a distance of four miles. The Manifold's only tributary, the River Hamps, also flows underground through a series of caves and passages.

hiking
4 days ago

Trail started well but following the loop anti-clockwise from the start it wasn’t long before, at the top of Soles Wood, the path cut across a field full of very jittery cattle. These days I’m afraid I don’t trust cattle and am far warier of them then I used to be. In any event with bullocks skittering about just the other side of the gate I decided it wasn’t worth the risk and turned back.

11 months ago

Another great walk in the White Peak, with more wonderful scenery. Despite the very dry period, boots were essential on descent through Soles Hollow, due to numerous small boulders, rocks and stones, which were slippy.

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