Butterton: Tourist Attractions and Places to Visit in the Peak District - Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire
A directory of tourist and visitor attractions near Butterton in the Peak District area of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. Historic houses, churches, dams and reservoirs, theme parks, museums, railways and castles
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Visitor Attractions around Butterton
This was the Leek and Manifold Light Railway, opened with the idea that it would be used by tourists and carry some local freight - much of the latter provided by the creamery which operated at Ecton until 1933. The track ran close to the river side in both the Manifold and Hamps valleys, and certainly would have provided a very picturesque trip - with some spice added by the tunnel beneath Swainsley Hall, built to spare the owners the intrusion of the sound of trains!
From Hulme End the track passes Ecton and then on to Wetton Mill. It then passes beneath Thor's Cave and on almost to Beeston, before turning up the Hamps valley and uphill steadily to Waterhouses. It's a very enjoyable cycle ride with superb views which is not too strenuous!
Manifold and Hamps Trail Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
How to get there
Waterhouses lies on the A523 Leek to Ashbourne road. There is car parking at the old station. Hulme End can be reached by taking the B5054 road from the A515 Buxton-Ashbourne road and following it through Hartington to Hulme End. Car parking is available next to the Visitor Centre.
By Bus: the 442 Buxton to Ashbourne bus goes to the visitor centre at Hulme End.
When is it open?
Open all day, all year. No restrictions.
What does it cost?
No charge for the visitor centre at Hulme End. Some of the car parks are pay and display. Cycle hire is available at the old station at Waterhouses (tel: 01538 308609).
Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary. See this link for more information on prices and opening
Excavations have shown that the cave was occupied as long as 10,000 years ago and this occupation probably continued until Roman or Saxon times, making it one of the oldest sites of human activity in the Peak. Stone tools and the remains of a range now extinct animals were found within the cave.
The cave can be reached quite easily from Wetton and is well worth a visit for a scramble inside or to climb onto the prow above the cave itself and admire the excellent view of the Manifold valley.
How to get there
take the A515 Buxton road out of Ashbourne about 10km from Ashbourne and turn left to Alstonefield. Cross the River Dove and continue to Alstonefield and follow the single track road to Wetton. Car park with pay and display parking.
By Bus: the 443 or 441 buses from Ashbourne will take you to Wetton. From Buxton, take the 442 bus to Hulme End and change to the 441 bus.
When is it open?
National Trust access land. No restrictions.
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