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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 1864โ€“65 and 1927โ€“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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  • Thor's Cave is a neat opportunity to go and see, and if you start from the village, it's not too bad of a hike. :) We parked the car outside Wetton Mill Farm car park (free, and a bit safer than along...  more »
  • Lovely walk up to Thors and the Manifold valley area. Nice and easy walk, the only strenuous part is waking up the steps to Thors cave which was a little bit slippery in parts do to the rain we had be...  more »
  • But of a walk through the valley, but very nice. The river Manifold is interesting as it is not always there: it disappears through the limestone before the path, and reappears a couple of miles down....  more »
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  • Nice cave with some pretty views out over the manifold valley. You can access the cave from the rail trail or by a trail through the meadows from Wetton. Some nice overhang climbing routes that take you from one side of the cave to the other for climbers. Kids of course can just explore the lower levels of the cave. Great place to take the family but it can get busy on sunny days.
  • Popular local attraction offering great views of Manifold Valley. Easy to reach though the climb into the cave itself is now challenging as the sheer number of visitors has polished the rock in the main walkways into it, making it quite slippery. Great views from inside though and not too hard to get to with parking in local villages and decent footpaths to it.
  • great place, steep walk if you planning of taking the family but the cave is worth the trek
  • What a beautiful place, even in the rain on an overcast and damp day. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, good steep climb but well worth it, will be visiting again soon๐Ÿ‘
  • Brilliant place to walk or cycle to with excellent views at the top, however is muddy and difficult to access. Having said that it makes it even more exciting.

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