The Manifold and Hamps Valley: 12 Miles Strenuous

    Ilam-Manifold Valley-Calton-Hamps Valley Cycleway-Thors Cave-Wetton-Castern-Ilam

    The walks starts at Ilam in Stafordshire and crosses parkland to reach the River Manifold. After crossing the Manifold below Musden Grange height is gained as the walk traverses the lower slopes of Musden Low. Dropping down again into Calton before descending steeply into the Hamps Valley. The walk then follows the Hamps Valley Cycleway until it reaches the mighty Thors Cave. Here the walk crosses the dry river bed and climbs the new path to the cave. As you reach the cave the view unfolds before you, from here you can also see the cave above Wetton Mill. (see Wetton & The Manifold Valley Walk). From Thors Cave the walk then leads to Wetton and onto Wetton Low where it descends above Castern Woods to Castern and finally back to Ilam.

    Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

     

 

Ilam Hall

Ilam Church

Paradise Walk

Looking Over The Manifold Valley

Thorpe Cloud

Near Calton

Cottage Alongside The Cycleway

The Hamps Valley

Dry Bridge !

Beeston Tor

Beeston Tor

Thors Cave

View From Thors Cave

On Wetton Low

Descending Wetton Low

On Wetton Low

Above Castern Woods

A Barn in the Manifold Valley

Castern


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