Thor's Cave is the most spectacular sight of the Manifold valley, dominating the central section of the valley. The rock in which it is set rears up out of the hillside like a giant fang with the cave entrance forming a hole in it ten metres in diameter, a sight which is clearly visible for several miles.
Excavations have shown that the cave was occupied as long as 10,000 years ago and this occupation probably continued until Roman or Saxon times, making it one of the oldest sites of human activity in the Peak. Stone tools and the remains of a range now extinct animals were found within the cave.
The cave can be reached quite easily from Wetton and is well worth a visit for a scramble inside or to climb onto the prow above the cave itself and admire the excellent view of the Manifold valley.
How to get there
take the A515 Buxton road out of Ashbourne about 10km from Ashbourne and turn left to Alstonefield. Cross the River Dove and continue to Alstonefield and follow the single track road to Wetton. Car park with pay and display parking.
By Bus: the 443 or 441 buses from Ashbourne will take you to Wetton. From Buxton, take the 442 bus to Hulme End and change to the 441 bus.
When is it open?
National Trust access land. No restrictions.
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