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image for Mountain or Hill item typeEcton Hill and Apes Tor at Manifold Valley

Mountain or Hill, free entry

Walking in the Manifold Valley

Walking in the Manifold Valley


No public contact


Hulme End,
Near Hartington,
SK17 0EZ


Explore the fascinating mining remains of Ecton Hill that was once home to a bustling industrial area rich in copper mining. It provided employment for over ten thousand miners during the eighteenth century. Delve into the history of one of the largest disused copper mines in Britain that was mined for over 300 years as you visit the original Boulton and Watt engine and powder house. Spoil heaps and shafts dotted on the landscape reveal the history of the prosperous mines at Ecton Hill in this now tranquil area of the Manifold Valley.

Nearby is Apes Tor, a distinctive geological fold in the limestone beds which provides evidence of past earthquakes in the valley. After an invigorating walk up to Apes Tor, breathe in the picturesque views of the valley and the wild flowers that bloom in the summer.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups


Free entry



See location of Manifold Valley on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 102592  Lat: 53.13067 Long: -1.84781

Situated on the B5054 from Hartington

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
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