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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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  • Oh dear what a disappointment ! Dreadfully steep walk. No toilets. No refreshments and no organised cave tour guide. Far to remote and lacking in facilities. All in all a complete waste of time !  more »
  • Thor`s cave and wetton hill was are first walk in the peaks 6 miles of beautiful countryside would visit again  more »
  • We decide to take our grandchildren for a day out and opted for Thors cave in Wetton, we managed to park up near the pathway which leads to Thors cave, the grandchildren loved the walk along this path...  more »
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  • Great views from this super location. Getting there is a bit of a challenge however. If it's been wet recently then the path down from Wetton village will be extremely muddy and slippy. There is another path up from the Manifold Valley I don't know the condition of that path. Access into the cave isn't easy either but well worth the slippy climb up.
  • 20 mins up from the Manifold Valley bike trail. Fabulous views. Even better to go round to left & walk on the Dale head above the cave. Take a torch if with little ones.
  • Stunning walk and great views from the cave. All though it's common sense to wear walking boots I did see many people in trainers and they had difficult time in the cave. The Cave is really wet, muddy and most of the rock is smooth.
  • Fantastic spot. A beautiful view from the top even on foggy days
  • Easily accessible to those of moderate fitness. Great views from top, or just walk along the old railway line. Runs for approx 9 miles

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