Oldpark Hill

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. This shot was taken on Larkstone Lane overlooking Beeston Tor, opposite to where the river Hamps joins the river Manifold.

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 River Hamps is a river in Staffordshire, England. It is tributary of the River Manifold, which itself flows into the River Dove near Ilam. For its entire length the river flows through the Peak District National Park.

The Hamps rises on the high moorland on the south side of Merryton Low, east of Upper Hulme. It flows south through the villages Onecote and Winkhill, then flows east, to Waterhouses and finally north to meet the Manifold under Beeston Tor.

The woodlands of this last stretch are part of the National Trust’s South Peak Estate. From Waterhouses to the River Manifold the valley carries the track of the former Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway, now part of the Manifold Way, an 8 mile walk- and cycle-path.

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