The Manifold Valley is one of Staffordshire’s hidden gems. The valley follows the axis of the Ecton Anticline and it’s narrow valley gorge cutting down through Lower Carboniferous limestones gets deflected by reef knolls and in places disappears down swallets. Last weekend I followed part of the Hamps & Manifold Geotrail which can be downloaded as a pdf from the Staffordshire RIGS website.
Images Source: Hamps & Manifold Geotrail, SRIGS
Nan Tor Cave, Locality 13
Manifold Valley near locality 17.
Thor’s Cave (probably a corruption of Tor’s Cave).
The interior of Thor’s Cave.
View from Thor’s Cave over Manifold Valley.
View over Peak District from Wetton.
Note: Blogging in April will be light as I’m in the field for most of it.