Manifold Valley near Rushley Bridge

Paul  Green

Derby, United Kingdom

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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.

The Manifold valley was famous for the mining of copper and lead, and the Mines at Ecton were some of the richest in the country. The discovery of Stone Age implements in some of the caves imply that minerals were mined around the Manifold valley thousands of years ago.

In 1902, a light railway was built which ran from Hulme End to Waterhouses and closed in 1934. The Staffordshire County Council reconditioned the trackway into an eight mile footpath, making the manifold valley easily accessible for walkers and cyclists.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Manifold

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