Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Walk in the Manifold Valley

On a beautifully sunny morning last week we decided to take a walk in the Manifold Valley.  It seems ages since we were last there.  We parked as usual near Wetton Mill and set out on the stretch of the walk which goes towards Thor's Cave - following the path which was once the old railway line that brought ramblers and tourists into the valley.


It wasn't too busy at the mill as it was quite early in the day


We walked along the path until we could see Thor's Cave in the distance.
We could hear and see Peregrine Falcons on the ridge opposite the cave as we walked.  There were also Buzzards whirling overhead too and the shrill call of pheasants.



There were lots of lovely wildflowers in the meadows and woodlands and on the river banks.

We spotted Wood Anemones, Celandine, Dog's Mercury and Butterbur.

When we reached the bridge to the woodland walk up to Thor's Cave we doubled back and went into Wetton Hills.


We walked quite a way up into the hills before doubling back yet again
to join the circular route back to the Mill.

From the hills behind the mill you can see the first route we took out towards Thor's Cave


 And the Mill itself, down in the valley....


glimpsed through the woodsmoke and trees. 



After our walk we drove into the village of Hartington where we visited the Cheese Shop and were tempted to try some unusual cheeses.  A Bowland, a Sage Derby and an Organic Staffordshire with Wild Garlic.

26 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking me along on that walk ~
    it was lovely !

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the walk, Willow:)

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  2. You do go on some lovely walks Rosie. I would have been tempted to buy some cheese too and I think I would have gone for the organic Staffordshire with the Wild Garlic. Yum! x

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    1. We eat the Bowland first and started the Staffordshire and Wild Garlic yesterday - it is a lovely cheese and so delicate in flavour:)

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  3. I really enjoyed this walk Rosie, such beautiful landscape. I love the sound of those cheeses - give me cheese over a dessert any day.
    Patricia x

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    1. I love cheese but daren't eat too much! It is something I'd find very hard to give up:)

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  4. I always enjoy my vicarious travels with you.

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  5. As always, I love sitting at my desk and "walking" along with you. Thank you for always posting such pretty pictures!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the walk and the photos, Robbie:)

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  6. What a lovely walk! Thank you for taking us along - especially with cheese to end on! xx

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    1. The cheese was a bonus and we are still enjoying it:)

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  7. I sounds like a perfect walk to me - such a lovely landscape to take in all the joys of spring - and cheese too - what more could you want.

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    1. The Manifold Valley is a gorgeous area for walking, cycling and bird spotting - the cheese was an added bonus and still being enjoyed:)

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  8. The walk would have induced cheese buying in me too and what a lovely walk it was!

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    1. We didn't expect to buy cheese but once inside the shop we couldn't resist:)

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  9. This sounds a lovely walk. I would be very excited to see and hear the Peregrines. I love all the wildflowers, too. I like the sound of the unusual cheeses, I would be very tempted to try different and local types.

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    1. It is a lovely time of year for woodland wildflowers. We were spoilt for choice in the Cheese shop as there were so many varieties to choose from:)

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  10. Lovely photos from your walk. We always pop into the cheese shop too! My Gran used to work at the cheese factory in Hartington when I was small. She worked in the office, rather than making the cheese and sometimes they'd have open days... I'll never forget the smell of row after row of Stilton!

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    1. I guess the smell was quite pungent! I do like Stilton though. That cheese shop is so tempting:)

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  11. Lovely walk, my sort of walk with history and nature and a bit of cheese! Xxx

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    1. It's funny that if we take a picnic with us which we sometimes do it is usually cheese rolls with little tomatoes or grapes:)

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  12. I've never been here so have popped it on my "list" as it looks like my sort of place - and what with the cheese and all!!! xxx

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    1. You'd love the Manifold Valley, Diane with its walks and industrial heritage and Hartington is such a pretty village too:)

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  13. I thought I recognised the area - I stayed at Hartington a few years ago, I met up with a group of girls, we all stayed in the Youth hostel and went walking for four days, before we left for home we all purchased cheese from the cheese shop. Thanks for reminding me.

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    1. Glad to have brought back some happy memories for you, Elizabeth:)

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