Peak District Kids writer: Gemma from Families Can Travel
This circular Wetton Mill walk in the Manifold Valley is easy-going and flat with a cave to explore at the end. The route has well-surfaced tracks and lanes making it perfect for a Peak District pram-friendly walk.
The walk starts by crossing the bridge to Wetton Mill and following the track alongside the River Manifold. The second half follows the lane on the opposite side of the river, back to where you started, passing through a tunnel along the way. Cars do drive along this lane, but it’s generally quiet.
Finish off your walk with a short climb up to Nan Tor cave located up on the hill behind Wetton Mill Tea Rooms. If you visit in the wetter months, the kids will love playing in the shallow river. In the drier months the river disappears underground and re-emerges from a boil hole at Ilam (the boil holes can be seen on our pram-friendly Ilam Park walk).
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If you are planning a visit to the National Park, please arrive early or late in the day to avoid crowds if visiting over sunny weekends or school holidays. Please also take all litter home with you, don’t bring BBQs and park your car in designated parking areas. Also, please use these walks as a guide; access and stiles may change.
During the winter months, it’s important to be extra prepared and safe when out walking and adventuring in the Peak District. The weather can change so quickly, especially on the exposed escarpments, and we don’t want you to get caught out.
Read our top tips for safe winter walking with the kids.
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Do check out our top tips for hiking with young kids, as well as our essential items to take on a family hike in the Peak District.
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Wetton Mill walk map
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Need to know
DISTANCE OF WALK: 4.4km (2.7 miles)
TYPE OF WALK: easy going, well-surfaced paths and roads
PARKING: There is roadside parking close to Wetton Mill but we recommend arriving early as it does get busy. Click here to see location on Google Maps on your phone, postcode DE6 2AG. The small car park at Wetton Mill is for patrons only.
WALK HIGHLIGHTS: Gentle walk along the river, a tunnel and cave to explore at the end, paddling in the river in the wetter months.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE: This walk can be done in just over an hour but with extra time for the kids to play at Wetton Mill and a quick climb up to Nan Tor cave, allow up to 2 hours.
ACCESSIBILTY: Pram friendly, flat, well-surfaced paths and roads
TOTAL ASCENT: 66 metres
PUBLIC TOILETS: Public toilets are located here next to the Wetton Mill Tea Rooms. The lovely little tea rooms offer light lunches and a great selection of cakes and drinks.
START: roadside parking close to Wetton Mill
Click here for Google Map point
Grid reference: SK 0924 5626
Post code: DE6 2AG
Route follows an anticlockwise direction.
1. With the Wetton Mill roadside parking behind you, turn left and walk 50 metres until you reach the stone bridge to Wetton Mill.
2. Turn left and cross over the bridge. Wetton Mill public toilets and tea rooms are on your right. You can also climb up to Nan Tor cave from here but we recommend saving this exciting part of the walk until the end. Instead, continue on the road that bears to the left.
3. After 200 metres, you’ll reach a farm. Follow the road to the left signposted for Hulme End and walk through the wooden gate. This is a gated track so very little traffic passes along it.
4. Continue along the track for 2km, passing through another metal gate and ignoring a path on your left that joins onto the track you are walking along.
5. At the end of the track, walk through the gate and turn left onto the road, following the signpost towards Wetton Mill, Butterton and Wetton.
6. Continue along the road for 150 metres, over the bridge and past Swainsley Hall until you reach a turning on your right.
7. Turn right, following the signpost towards Manifold Valley, Wetton Mill and Wetton. Continue for 100 metres, ignoring the turning on your right, until you reach a tunnel.
8. Walk through the tunnel and follow the road for 1.9 km back to where you started. Whilst this road is open to traffic, very few cars come down here, especially during the working week and off-season.
9. OPTIONAL DETOUR: From Wetton Mill Tea Rooms, there is a path that goes behind the farmhouse building to Nan Tor cave. The path is a short 100-metre climb uphill to the cave and can get muddy in wet weather. It is possible to get a pram or buggy up but it is steep and a little rocky. We found it easier to take it in turns nipping up with the kids.
After your Wetton Mill walk
After a visit to Nam Tor cave, why not visit Wetton Mill Tea Rooms for a light lunch and drink or one of their amazing cakes. If visiting in the wetter months like we did, the kids will love playing in the shallow river by the bridge. In the drier months though, the river disappears.
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Want more ideas for family walks?
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