Exploring Thor’s Cave
A trip to the magnificent natural cavern of Thor’s Cave is an unforgettable experience for those visiting the beautiful Manifold Valley in the Staffordshire Peak District. The huge arched entrance is set in a steep limestone crag and is easily visible (and quite accessible) from the path below.
There has been human occupation of Thor’s Cave since the Stone Age, around 11,000 years ago. Past excavations have found stone tools, pottery, amber beads and bronze items, as well as the burial sites of at least seven people.
The views from Thor’s Cave into the surrounding valley are fabulous. Be aware, however, that this is an entirely natural spectacle, and as such there are no easy access routes or safety measures. The cave entrance is quite slippery with limestone polished by millennia of wear and tear, and once inside there are very steep, unguarded drops from the entrances, so do take great care when exploring.
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How do I get to Thor’s Cave?
Thor’s Cave lies just outside the pretty Peak District village of Wetton in Staffordshire. It’s easily reached from the Manifold Way when starting from Wetton Mill (DE6 2AF), where you’ll find car parking, a tea room and toilets.
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