The Manifold Valley, Hartington (5), Derbyshire Location map
 
  View of the Manifold Valley, Derbyshire Peak District   The Manifold Valley, Staffordshire.

This handsome bridge over the River Manifold near Wetton Mill was built by the Duke of Devonshire in 1807 for packhorses carrying the copper from Ecton mine.

Just across the bridge is a small teashop run by the National Trust.

 

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  Picture of Water Avens in the Manifold Valley near Hartington, Derbyshire Peak District   The Manifold Valley, Staffordshire.

There were a number of locations in the valley where we saw these pretty Water Aven (Geum rivale) flowers in May.

 

 

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  Picture of Thor's Cave, Manifold Valley near Hartington, Derbyshire Peak District   The Manifold Valley, Staffordshire.

Thor's Cave is a spectacular sight from the floor of the Manifold valley. There is a path up to the cave but we didn't try it.

Excavations have shown that the cave was occupied as long ago as 10,000 years and this occupation probably continued until Roman or Saxon times, making it one of the oldest sites of human activity in the Peak. Stone tools and the remains of a range now extinct animals were found within the cave.

 

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  Picture of Ramsons (Wild Garlic), Manifold Valley near Hartington, Derbyshire Peak District   The Manifold Valley, Staffordshire.

There was an area around this small feeder stream which, as you can see, was covered in Ramsons (Allium ersinum) otherwise known as Wild Garlic.

 

 

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