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The Manifold Trail

Manifold Trail

Walking and cycling route on the Manifold Trail , an old disused railway track

The Manifold Trail is a multi-user route along the Manifold valley following the former Leek and Manifold Light Railway. This trail is an easy route being on a tarmacadam track and minor roads between Waterhouses and Hulme End and, as such, is suitable for children and old people. The High Peak and Tissington trails are much more exposed to the weather than the Manifold. The route has been open since the 1930s when the railway closed, and is probably the earliest case of a disused railway line being converted to a walkers' and cyclists' route.

Waterhouses official car park is just off the main Ashbourne to Leek road, the A523. Here you will find cycle hire and toilets.

For the disabled there are better facilities found at Hulme End at the northern end of the trail, near Hartington. Here there are wide car parking spaces, toilets and the track here is very suitable for wheel chairs.

No need for a map or instructions, just follow the other walkers and cyclists.

En route high up in the cliff you can see Thor's cave. Worth a climb up for views of the valley. Further on is Wetton Mill where toilets and refreshments are available. There is another cave to explore above the cafe.

See also

High Peak Trail

Longdendale Trail

Tissington Trail

Monsal Trail

Manifold Trail
Manifold Trail
View from Thors Cave on the Manifold Trail
View from Thors Cave
Wetton Mill on the Manifold Trail
wetton Mill
Bridge at Wetton Mill on the Manifold Trail
wetton Mill

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