Mountain or Hill, free entry
No public contact
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.