|Date||9 February 2013|
|Location||Manifold Valley, White Peak, Staffordshire||SK 09862 54964; 53.09178°N, 1.85419°W|
Thor’s Cave is a natural cavern near the village of Wetton in Staffordshire in the Peak District. Its presence is signalled from afar by its impressive arched entrance, measuring 10m high by 7.5m wide, perching in a limestone crag some 80m above the Manifold Way. In excavations carried out in the 19th and 20th centuries, signs were found of habitation of the cave during the late Palaeolithic, Iron Age and Roman times.
The eight-mile-long footpath and cycle path Manifold Way opened in 1937 and follows the route, from Hulme End to Waterhouses, of the narrow-gauge Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway, which closed in 1934. The L&MVLR had opened in 1904 and was used primarily for transporting milk from local farms to a dairy in Ecton. Its route did not pass through any towns, and the passenger service was laid on mainly for sight-seeing excursions – tourists of the time could, for example, avail themselves of the refreshment room provided at Thor’s Cave station.