The day dawned bright and sunny – but not for long. The cloud soon blotted out the sun although it was still bright.

We drove the few miles to Wetton Mill in the Manifold Valley which meant going over the border from Derbyshire and into Staffordshire although there was little difference in the countryside. We were still on limestone but the ‘dales’ are now called ‘valleys’.

Having parked the car we walked on a path along the Manifold Valley which, like the Tissington Trail, was once the track of a light railway. We started from near this bridge.

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Within about 500 yards all that water in the river disappears underground through the river bed. There is no discernible hole but disappear it does leaving the river bed virtually dry except for the occasional small pool.

Some way further along the path we caught sight or Thor’s Cave and, before you ask, no we didn’t climb up to it. We were both still recovering from yesterday’s exertions.

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After walking a few miles we creaked our way back to the car and drove to Alstonefield an attractive little village, typically built of stone in this area, just a few miles from the Manifold Valley.

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After walking round the village we moved on to Youlgreave back in Derbyshire by which time the sun had started to break through again.

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Near the church there was a narrow lane which descended the valley side to the bottom of the valley.

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At the bottom is the River Bradford.

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We walked along by the river which had Brown Trout swimming in the most amazingly clear water.

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After climbing back up to Youlgreave and the car we moved on to Arbor Low, an ancient stone circle and our last stop for the day.

I’ll leave you with this picture. Tomorrow we return home.

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