Thursday 10th May 2007

 

The 100th walk for the website, which had been planned for last week but the weather (and snooker) delayed it. 

 

Although the forecast had been for showers I was fortunate enough to not see any, although it was an effort to hold the camera still on the top of Ecton Hill. Despite the recent rain the ground remains quite hard and dry which certainly makes the climb up Ecton Hill easier. 

 

As the fields are full of cows with calves I took advantage of the concessionary path to Thor's Cave and avoided walking through one field of cows. Although the path isn't marked on the map it is quite clearly signed from Wetton and gives easy access to the cave.

 

Start: Hulme End car park (SK 1034 5930)

 

Route: Hulme End car park - Manifold Way - Ecton Hill (TP) - Wetton Hill - Wetton - Thor's Cave - Wetton Mill - Ecton 
            Bridge - Manifold Way - Hulme End car park

 

Distance: 8.75 miles     Ascent: 543 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours  

 

Weather: Warm with sunny spells but a strong wind when on the top of the hills.

 

Pub visited: None      Ale Drunk: None

Route Map

 

Ecton Hill

Heading up Ecton Hill.

 

Manifold Valley

The Manifold Valley from the path up Ecton Hill.

 

Towards Longnor

Looking towards Longnor and the hills at the head of the River Dove.

 

Chrome & Parkhouse Hills

Chrome Hill (L) and Parkhouse Hill (R), probably two of the most easily recognised hills in the Peak District.

 

Ecton Hill's trig

The summit of Ecton Hill.

 

Manifold Valley

Looking south-west across the Manifold Valley from the top of Ecton Hill.

 

Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf.

 

Wetton Hill

Wetton Hill, the route takes you by the wall, between the two summits.

 

Thor's Cave

Heading towards Thor's Cave.

 

Thor's Cave

The entrance to Thor's Cave.

 

Manifold Valley

The view along the Manifold Valley from Thor's Cave.

 

Bluebells

One of the many bluebells I passed as I descended from Thor's Cave, through the wood, to the bottom of the valley.

 

Thor's Cave

Thor's Cave from the Manifold Way.

 

Manifold Way

Manifold Way.

 

Nan Tor Caves

Nan Tor Caves above Wetton Mill.

 

Wetton Mill

Wetton Mill.

 

River Manifold

River Manifold.

 

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