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Manifold Valley and Ecton Hill, Derbyshire

DateSunday, 2 February 2020
Start10:30 am
Distance9.5 Miles
Walk LeaderDot and Neil
Phone 07810832492
PostcodeDE6 2FY
Grid Ref:SK131556
O/S MapDerby

Meet at Alstonfield car park (toilets at start and 2 free car parks)
From Alstonfield we head across rolling fields to Ecton hill before descending down into the Manifold Valley, a short section of the Manifold trail, lunch at Wetton Mill(6 miles cafe and toilet) before returning to Alstonfield via Thor’s cave.
A bit of history, the copper and lead deposits on Ecton hill were worked for over 3,500 years until 1891 when mining at Ecton stopped. The mine was the deepest and one of the most productive copper mines in the country, once owned by the Duke of Devonshire. It is said he made a fortune in the 18th century which he used to finance Buxton’s majestic crescent.
The Manifold trail was once a railway to transport goods to leek and the potteries.
Thor’s cave was occupied 10,000 years ago and human remains have been found there.

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