Monday March 19th
I drove over to Thorpe Cloud to take my monthly photo and spent the day driving around the Manifold Valley.
The Manifold rises just south of Buxton near Axe Edge, at the northern edge of the White Peak, known for its limestone beds. It continues for 12 miles (19 km) before it joins the Dove. For part of its course, it runs underground (except when in spate), from Wetton Mill to Ilam. During this section it is joined by its major tributary, the River Hamps.
Castern Hall is a privately owned 18th century country house, the home of the Hurt family, situated in the Manifold Valley, near Ilam, Staffordshire. It is a Grade II* listed building. It is also spelled ‘Casterne’.