Wetton, Manifold Valley and Thor's Cave

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Peak District National Park

Wetton, Manifold Valley and Thor's Cave is a 4.6 mile loop trail located near Leek, Staffordshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length4.6 miElevation gain1,128 ftRoute typeLoop
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Getting There

The walk starts from the small village of Wetton which lies in the Staffordshire Peak District. The village has an inn, a church, and consists of a collection of farmhouses, cottages and a few larger houses. The walk takes you over sections of farmland, down dry dales then along the Manifold Valley Trail where the route passes Thor's Cave, from where you have magnificent views back down the valley. Thor's Cave, high above the River Manifold, has a 60ft entrance and looks quite spectacular. It is one of many caves in the area from which ancient bones and artefacts have been found. The walk is quite challenging with many climbs and descents throughout, some of which are steep and can be slippery. You will need to negotiate several types of stiles (including squeeze, wall and fence) and several gates. Some farmland is crossed so please take care with dogs as these fields may contain livestock. The footpath up to Thor's Cave has many flights of steep wooden steps, and this path could be slippery after wet weather. Public toilets are located at the start of the walk and also at Wetton Mill where you can also obtain refreshments if required (check opening times). The correct map is Explorer OL24 The Peak District White Peak Area.

Take the A515 out of Ashbourne. After about 8 miles take a left turn, signposted Alstonefield. Continue on this road,through Alstonefield, and then follow the single track road signed for Wetton. The small village car park (signed with a blue P) is on Carr Lane. The approximate post code for Wetton village is DE6 2AF.

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Lucy Holland
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HikingRocky

Did the route backwards to see the cave first. Beyond the cave there was little-no signposting for the rest of the route and we ended up getting lost. Still saw lots of good views

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Penelope Fandango
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HikingMuddy

I did the route backwards so I got to Thor’s first. Was a lovely little route. Lots of sheep. Amazing number of absolute idiots with no suitable clothing etc. Quite busy at Thor’s even at 4 pm on a weekend & sadly littered heavily. You need boots for up near the cave .

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Connor Sergeant
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WalkingMuddy

Nice to take a packed lunch and eat on top of the cave. Muddy inside and out so take a change of shoes and trousers for the journey home. Short walk to cave (15 min from carpark) some nice easily accessible views. Get there early to avoid the crowd. Would recommend on a dry day as smooth limestone and rain don’t mix very well at the cave entrance haha

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Carl Potts
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Matt Mullen
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Gabby Nelson
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Very very muddy near the cave, would definitely need walking boots. Very nice views.

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Greg Balch
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pretty good... made a few changes to the route as wanted to climb the peaks a tad more

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Rebecca Cowen
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WalkingMuddy

Good mixture of terrain, very muddy! great views as expected.

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Katie Saxelby
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Hiking

Great trail. We were at the carpark for 9am and just grabbed the last spot so we did the walk backwards and it was already fairly busy at the cave. VERY muddy and slippy but all part of the fun. After following the river it takes you on a obviously 'less travelled' (but still very clear) route because we didnt see another person until we got back to near Wetton and it got busy again.

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Andrew Millward
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David Gilling
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I'm not sure who marked this path as hard. It's a walk through a field and then along a cycle path...

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Jason Brown
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Joice Bernal
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Jason McTaggart
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Nice walk, good mixture of terrain. Bit too busy at the cave though.

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Lora Arblaster
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Excellent views, great route. Very busy (Father's day/Sunday) would definitely return on a week day.

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Louis Allan-Burns
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Valentina Coppola
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Luke Easingwood
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Catherine O’Neill
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Marc Goldmark
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Karen Tinsley
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Gareth Denovan
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Jamie Adams
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Ben Lightfoot
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Jess Preston
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Adam Rafferty
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Jessica Salt
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