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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. The second entrance is known as the "West Window", below which is a second cave, Thor's Fissure Cavern.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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  • Who doesn't love a cave? There's just enough cave to make it interesting. Bring a torch. You can make the journey there quite easy or hard work by planning your route. My boys are 11 and 8 and found i...  more »
  • We saw Thor's Cave while walking south down the Manifold trail - we had no idea it was there until we looked up. It looked interesting enough for us to re-route our loop walk to get closer. We approac...  more »
  • From miles away this feature looks unreal. It looks like a railway tunnel at the top of a cliff. Once upon a time this would have been an amazing waterfall. Back in the Ice Age when the glaciers to th...  more »
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  • Great place. Impressive views from the top. Busy like on high street but no wonder...that cave is well worth visiting.
  • Amazing place. Take the longer route in along the river for spectacular views, don't go through the village and fields. Great cave with beautiful views from above too.
  • A great walk in Derbyshire. You need walking boots to actually get into Thor's cave . A fantastic day out with a picnic
  • Lovely views but incredibly slippery when it's not bone dry. I'd say be cautious if going with young (or old) children. Really is worth it though!
  • Depending on the weather very muddy track down and slippery surface. Walking boots essential. Great views and excellent walks from it and down to the river.
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