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Thor's Cave, Staffordshire
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Thor's Cave is a natural cavern located at in the Manifold Valley of the White Peak in Staffordshire, England. It is classified as a Karst cave. Located in a steep limestone crag, the cave entrance, a symmetrical arch 7.5 metres wide and 10 metres high, is prominently visible from the valley bottom, around 80 metres below. Reached by an easy stepped path from the Manifold Way, the cave is a popular tourist spot, with views over the Manifold Valley.Thor's Cave was served by a railway station on the Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway from 1904 to 1934; the disused line now forms the Manifold Way.EtymologyThe origin of the name is uncertain, possibly from the word "tor". Links with the Norse god Thor have been suggested but evidence is lacking.Human habitationExcavations in 1864–65 and 1927–35 found human and animal remains, stone tools, pottery, amber beads, and bronze items within Thor's Cave and the adjacent Thor's Fissure Cavern. The caves are estimated to have contained the burial sites of at least seven people. The finds suggest the cavern was occupied from the end of the Palaeolithic period, with more intensive use during the iron age and Roman periods.
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TripAdvisor
  • Quite a hike but amazing views when you get to the top and the kids loved exploring inside and looking at fossils on the steps as you go up. 
  • We walked part of the manifold trail and then hiked up to Thor's cave. We didn't venture up into it (my dodgy knees didn't fancy the slippery descent back out of the cave) but I'm pretty sure that kid...  more »
  • Why we was nearby we made this our final place to visit before we headed home, so glad we did as this was what the kids were expecting when I said let's visit a cave. We parked the car down in the val...  more »
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  • Beautiful place to walk to. There's a climb with steps that leads from Wetton or the Manifold valley. When you arrive you're greeted with spectacular views even on rainy days and the cave is fascinating to explore. Tip: bring a torch so you can explore the dark areas back away from the entrance.
  • Nice short hike with a decent cave. A bit difficult to access for children, but even more so exciting for them. Great views from the cave as well as from the top of the hill.
  • Great local attraction. Great veiws. Very slippery when wet.
  • Spectacular Cave and fantastic views over Manifold Valley. Lovely path (lots of steps!) up to it from Manifold way cycle route.
  • Wow! What an amazing natural spectacle. Lots of great walking as well.