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|Throwley Hall, Soles Hollow and Manifold Trail|
|Author: Marie Prime, Published: 04 Oct 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Staffordshire, Staffordshire Moorlands|
|A beautiful circular trail following field paths, farm tracks and the Manifold Valley Trail. The first half of the walk is mainly a gradual uphill climb which rewards you with fine views. On reaching Slade House it is downhill all the way with a steep rocky section down the dale of Soles Hollow. On the walk you will pass through several gates and stiles including wall, squeeze, gated and ladder types. Some sections could be muddy and livestock could be present in some of the fields. Public toilets and refreshments are located in the village of Wetton. |
You will pass an old lime kiln and the old historic Throwley Hall. Throwley Hall belonged to the Meverell family from 1203 to the mid 17th century and the manor house was built in 1603 for Simon Meverell. Sadly it is now only a ruin and is currently in the care of English Heritage. On the walk you will cross the Rivers Hamps and Manifold. The River Manifold disappears underground from Wetton Mill (except in very wet weather) and does not reappear until it reaches the grounds of Ilam Hall, a distance of four miles. The Manifold's only tributary, the River Hamps, also flows underground through a series of caves and passages.
From Ashbourne take the A515 Buxton Road. After approximately five and a half miles turn left signed Alstonefield. At the centre of the village follow the signs for Wetton. On reaching Wetton, follow the sign for the car park on Carr Lane. Pass this and continue along the road (signed Grindon) for about half a mile until you reach a T junction, turn right. Follow the road (taking care as this is single track with passing places also it is very steep and twisty), cross a small bridge and turn right into the car park. The nearest postcode is ST13 7TX for Beeston Tor Farm, this is to the left of the car park.
|Start to Right Turn just before Farm|
Start point: 53.0854 lat, -1.8522 long
From the car park walk back to the road. Do NOT cross the bridge, instead cross the road and take the left-hand track of the two tracks ahead. Follow this through a small caravan site and just before you reach Beeston Tor Farm, turn right up a track signed Throwley.
|Right Turn just before Farm to Small Gate|
Start point: 53.0829 lat, -1.8436 long
Follow this track uphill for approximately half a mile, crossing a stile by a metal gate. Continue walking gently uphill passing a barn on your left to reach a small gate.
|Small Gate to Throwley Hall|
Start point: 53.077 lat, -1.8418 long
Go through the gate and, bearing left, walk up the centre of the field heading for the end of a small wood. Go through a small gate to follow the farm track towards Throwley Hall. Just before reaching a storage enclosure, bear right across the field. Go through a gate into a copse of trees and through another gate into the farmyard.
|Throwley Hall to Farm Track on right|
Start point: 53.0703 lat, -1.8374 long
Turn right through the farmyard towards Throwley Hall and a minor road signed Ilam. Follow this road passing barns to the right and the hall to the left. You will now see Throwley Old Hall on your left. Take time to explore and take in the stunning views. Follow this road for approximately quarter of a mile and, on reaching a metal footpath sign, leave the road to follow a grass farm track on the right.
|Farm Track on right to Lime Kiln|
Start point: 53.0659 lat, -1.8332 long
Follow this track at first parallel to the road then continue as the track bends left then right around the hillside. Continue keeping a broken wall on your left to cross a ladder stile over the wall ahead. You will now have a wall on your right. After a few metres and passing a gate on your right, cross a wall stile to continue straight on up the hill heading towards a copse of trees and a small gate with a marker post. Go through the gate and, keeping a wall close on your left, walk up the large field to pass to the left of an old lime kiln.
|Lime Kiln to Slade House|
Start point: 53.0594 lat, -1.8359 long
Follow the grassy track to reach a metal gate. Go through this and continue over the next field. As the field narrows, head for a squeeze stile to the side of a metal gate. Walk over the next small field to a squeeze stile in the left-hand corner. Go through and turn right. Continue with Slade House on the left and follow this short grassy track to meet the farm track.
|Slade House to Pond Enclosure|
Start point: 53.0568 lat, -1.8424 long
Turn right along the track, signed Soles Hollow. Follow this track for approximately half a mile until you reach and cross a minor road. Continue walking downhill towards a large pond enclosure.
|Pond Enclosure to Manifold Trail|
Start point: 53.0643 lat, -1.8474 long
Passing the pond enclosure on your right, continue downhill. You will soon have a wall on your left and will pass through two gates. (Note: this area could be muddy). After passing through the second gate the wall is now on your right. Continue downhill and at the sign board follow the Soles Hollow route. This section now changes to a steep-sided wooded dale which is rocky and slippery under foot. Take care as you follow this dale steeply downhill for approximately half a mile to emerge onto the Manifold Trail. (Note: watch out for cyclists here).
|Manifold Trail to End|
Start point: 53.0784 lat, -1.851 long
Turn right along the trail. You will cross the River Hamps which is dry for most of the year. Continue for approximately three quarters of a mile, eventually walking parallel to your outward route past the caravan site to return to the car park.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author mumnpets and may not be reproduced without permission.
We've walked the Peak District for years but didn't know about this corner. It's been a lovely walk and I endorse all the comments on the guide. It's now mid October and we've had little rain for weeks. I would imagine that in a wet season, it would be much trickier.
|By CongoSue on 09 Oct 2016|
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