Hartington / Wetton Mill
The Village of Hartington is approximately 1 mile away from Hulme End and consists of shops, pubs and a famous duck pond, not to mention a host of beautiful old buildings, which means it can get busy at summer weekends. An old village which was granted a market charter in 1203, it has a long history and the village is arranged around a large marketplace/common/green at its centre.
Beautiful Buildings Abound.
The church lies on a rise to the east of the green and is built of a attractively coloured local sandstone. It was mostly constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries and has a fine tower in Perpendicular style. In the street below the church is the Old School House, dated 1758. The 17th century Hartington Hall is a fine building which stands on the hill opposite the church and is now a Youth Hostel.
Following the river Manifold for approximately 1 mile where the valley’s become deeper and grander, You will happen upon Wetton Mill. A small hamlet located on the River Manifold. It is a favourite stopping point for hikers and cyclists whom take advantage of the super tea rooms that are located across the stone bridge.
The river is shallow with a rocky bed making the water clear and inviting and often filled with children during the summer months splashing and enjoying the water. By following the course of the river you will find yourself joining the Manifold Trail. A tarmacked track that runs for miles and attracts Hikers, cyclists and pleasure walkers. It is possible to hire a bicycle from Waterhouses at the other end of the Trail and cycle to Wetton Mill. As you walk alongside the river you will suddenly become aware that the river suddenly dries up revealing the rocky riverbed. The reason for this is the river usually disappears underground most summers, so from here to Ilam the Manifold is usually ‘dry’ between May and October.
Beyond Wetton Mill Thor’s Cave comes into view. This is a huge cave in a prominent spur high above the valley, which can be seen for miles around. The cave has yielded many objects of archaeological interest which show it was inhabited by both early man and prehistoric animals but it is now primarily an object of interest to tourists, who scramble to its entrance, climb through it and admire the view from the spur above the cave.