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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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  • It's quite a hike to get the top, but it's worth the view. As you can tell it's a picturesque site. It can get really busy so I suggest coming here late in the afternoon. 
  • Really fun place to climb too and explore. It definitely has good views and is a great stop on a walk. Especially after the climb up to it! (See my picture of the map to add this into a nice 6-7km rou...  read more »
  • This is quite a steep slippery climb to the cave but it's well worth it. Our eldest daughter has minor cerebral palsy so balance is a challenge for her. The day we went it was wet and slippery and als...  read more »
  • Great local attraction. Great veiws. Very slippery when wet.
  • Hard walking to get up the hill on a rainy / muddy day but good fun. The Cave itself is slippy and treacherous in these conditions so go easy, wear good shoes and take care. Great views down the valley.
  • A really good and moderate walk over the top and down into Thors Cave. There is an easier way along the bottom however there are alot of steps climbing up. The cave itself is abit tricky getting into it but once you're in Wow. The rock formation with all the nooks and crannies are almost magical. If you visit Thors Cave when the mist is holding, it's a whole new errie experience Take it for what it is and enjoy your walk x
  • 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.
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