Butterton is situated in the Staffordshire Peak District and is an isolated but very picturesque village, situated high up on moorland close to the Manifold Valley.
It is a good centre from which to explore the central section of the Manifold Valley with an excellent network of footpaths from here to Wetton Mill and Ecton. Close by is Thor's Cave, the most spectacular sight of the Manifold Valley, Staffordshire; a large cave with a fine view which was inhabited in the Stone Age.
The village is built of local sandstone and its outlook is dominated by the soaring steeple of the local church, constructed in 1879, a few years after the main part of the church. Previous churches on this site can be traced back to the 13th century.
Across the deep gorge from the village lies Ecton Hill which rises to a height of 1212 feet above sea level. In the late 1750s Deep Ecton Mine (owned by the Duke of Devonshire) was the richest and deepest copper mine in Europe.
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From Buxton & Stoke-On-Trent, take the A53, heading for Leek. From take the A523 and head into Leek. Once in Leek, take the A523 (signposted for Ashbourne) follow this road until you reach Bottomhouse and turn left at The Green Man Pub onto the B5053. Follow this road through to Onecote and about 1 mile after there is a junction on your right (signposted for Butterton) follow the road into Butterton.