Peak District- Exploring Thor’s Cave

This beautiful limestone crag is based in Manifold Valley in Staffordshire, about 1 mile to the West-West-South of Wetton.

Car park ( Google Map coordinates -53°05’08.1″N 1°51’07.7″W ) is free and fairly quiet, but the spaces are very much limited so bare that in mind if the forecast is looking nice and sunny.  You can also park up in Grindon or Wetton and the walk to the cave in about 1.5 miles or less. 

Thor's Cave walk
Google Maps view of the walk

Thor's Cave Information board

The walk along the river Manifold in itself is very short and chilled, with no artificial noise pollution, just natural calls of surrounding animals that inhabits the area.

After crossing the bridge continue following the path for about 100 metres and than follow the sharp right turning up (left if you are walking from Wetton). On a dry day you might be able to take shortcuts but if it’s raining pretty much all the time, you’re most likely to be slipping all over and it can get quiet steep walking up off rout.

Thor’s Cave past goes back as far as Palaeolithic period where it was used as shelter, with early hunting tools, pots and bronze items found inside cave indicating it was used more during Iron and Roman era. It is also believed to be a burial site at some point, with human and animal remains found at the spot. I have looked roughly for marks on the wall or some remains from the past but I think everything by now have been removed, so no creepy skeletons unfortunately.

Inside, the cave takes many shapes and forms, with some pretty tough trad and sports climbing routs going up inside the cave and at the top of the roof itself. Check out UKC link for more crag ruts climbing info.


Below are the views from the top of the crag. For me, it was a very windy day out with storm Dennis amongst the UK. Also the roads to and from the car park were a bit tight so that’s something to bare in mind if travelling in a van.


I’m so glad me and my friend Joe have made the final call to check out the Cave despite the not so pleasant weather forecast. Looking forward to going back there again, but next time it will be with a climbing party and a picnic 🙂

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Greetings my dear reader. My name is Natalia and I am a 28-year-old Marketing with Advertising graduate from around the Midlands in England. I love to travel and do loads of road trips, but above everything, I love climbing adventures with my climbing buddies. With this blog, I would like to be able to note down my thoughts and share my adventures I can look back at in years’ time with a smile on my face. I am also on a search for more exciting adventures and self-development. Since I absolutely adore natural world I also want to develop my knowledge and skills to reduce as much waste as I can that is bad for the environment. I like feedback and others input so I always want to hear other people’s experiences and ideas.

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