378 Ecton Hill

"Such a horrid gloom, such rattling of wagons, noise of workmen boring rocks under your feet, such explosions in blasting and such a dreadful gulf to descend present a scene of terror". That was the Ecton Copper Mines in 1769. And you can still see the gaping shafts, which riddle Ecton Hill with holes like a honeycomb, but the last mine closed over a century ago and now the loudest sound is birdsong above the green and tranquil Manifold Valley.

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LOCATION: Peak District, eight miles south of Buxton
START: B5054, Manifold Valley Visitor Centre, two miles west of Hartington, toilets
Grid ref: SK103593 Postcode: SK170EZ
DISTANCE: 6 miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - White Peak Landranger 119
NOTE: Visitor Centre varies according to season
REFRESHMENTS: Wettonmill & Hulme End Village Store
EN ROUTE: Leek and Manifold Light Railway, Sugar Loaf


This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

   
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