Manifold Valley, Peak District

Walking trail

We’re finding that popular spots like Ilam Park, Manifold Valley and Dovedale are getting extremely busy, especially at weekends. We expect our car parks to fill up very quickly by 9am on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, so we encourage people to plan ahead and check our social media channels for updates and visit at quieter times. This will help us keep our places safe and enjoyable for everyone. We ask that all visitors please park safely and considerately in designated spaces and not on roads or grass verges, as this can block access for farm tenants, local residents and emergency services. We also remind people that BBQs/campfires are not permitted and ask everyone to help us look after our beautiful Peak District countryside by taking their litter home with them.

View over trees in valley with sheep beneath


Map route for Manifold Valley, Peak District walk


Wetton car park, Carr Lane, Wetton, Ashbourne, DE6 2AF


From the centre of Wetton village, take the small road leading towards Wetton Mill and the Manifold Valley. A few yards out of the village a farm track branches off left and is signed as a concessionary footpath to Thor's cave.


Take the path and follow it down a small dale until it branches. Take the left branch which contours around the hillside towards Thor’s Cave.

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From the cave return the way you came to the fork in the path, but this time take the other branch down to the river and cross over the footbridge.


Follow the old railway track (formerly the Leek and Manifold Light Railway from Waterhouses to Hulme End – now the Manifold Way) down the valley to Weag’s Bridge, then take the farm track which runs parallel to it on the river side and head for Beeston Tor Farm.


From the farm take the track up the hillside away from the river and continue until it turns into a grassy trail. Bear left up the trail to a small wood at the top of the hill. Go over the stile and continue on the path down to Throwley Hall farm.


Follow the small road past the farm towards Rushley. At Rushley the road bends to the left and just past this take the path across the fields to the footbridge. Cross the River Manifold into Ilam Park. From the bridge turn right onto the path which runs along Paradise Walk to Ilam Hall. There is a National Trust tea-room, shop, toilets and visitor centre in the stableblock.

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Go around Castern Hall and just behind the hall take a track on the left. Follow this track around the hillside until, at the third field it starts to climb away from the valley. Branch left towards the left-hand corner of the field and go through a gate to a path at the top edge of the cliff leading down to the Manifold.


Cross the head of the dale where you will emerge onto the tiny road which links Weag’s Bridge with Alstonefield. Go over a stile on the far side of the road and follow the path which skirts Wetton Low to return to the village.

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Wetton car park, Carr Lane, Wetton, Ashbourne, DE6 2AF

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Manifold Valley, Peak District


Hilly with some sections on quiet roads and some stiles. Some paths will be muddy in wet weather.
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on this route.
Look after the places you love and leave no trace of your visit. 


Manifold Valley, Peak District

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Manifold Valley, Peak District

How to get here

Wetton car park, Carr Lane, Wetton, Ashbourne, DE6 2AF
By train

Stations at Derby, Matlock, Buxton and Stoke, all 10-15 miles (16-24km) away.

By road

Off the A515 Ashbourne-Buxton or A52 Ashbourne-Leek roads.

By foot

Manifold Way runs along the former railway line which is part of this walk.

By bus

Service 405 Leek-Wetton, Mon-Fri, 443 Ashbourne-Wetton, Thurs & Sat only.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 54 runs through the Manifold Way.

Manifold Valley, Peak District

Facilities and access

  • Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on this route
  • Wetton car park (very small car park, not National Trust) Please be respectful of local communities and park safely and responsibly
  • National Trust Stableyard Grab and Go for takeaway treats are located at Ilam Park. Toilets located just off the stableyard area at Ilam Park
  • Tea-room and WCs also at Wetton Mill, only open weekends in winter (01298 84838)
  • There is also a pub in Wetton Village