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Wetton - Warslow - Grindon - Thor's Cave - Wetton Walk

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Wetton - Back of Ecton - Top of Ecton - Warslow - Grindon - Thor's Cave - Wetton

Another route including paths previously overlooked by myself, including some interesting and little-used paths. Though some paths are apparently not frequently used, all paths could be found easily when walked with only one stile being overgrown.
The route uses a path I had not used before, which traverses the side of Ecton Hill alongside the Manifold Valley Trail. There are some splendid views across the valley towards Grindon and Butterton.
Later the path passes a curious, almost derelict building with a patinated copper spire. The property was for sale when walked, so may become renovated if a buyer is found with loads of money to spend.

There are a few climbs and descents, some steep in places. Most of the route is along field-paths and tracks, though some road-walking is required, mostly around Warslow. On the return the path climbs to Thor's Cave above the Manifold Valley Trail. This is a good viewpoint with fine views along the valley. From the cave, the route follows a concessionary path to avoid descending back to the woodland path after the climb.

The pub used on this walk is the Greyhound Inn in Warslow, which re-opened in late May 2007 after about 16 months of closure. They are walker friendly, please extend the usual courtesy of covering or removing muddy boots, though most of the bar area has tiled floors. There is a good choice on the menu, but without a salad on the hot June Sunday when last visited, except as a garnish to sandwiches. They offer a good choice of real ales with three reasonable offerings on last walking. The outside bench tables are at present all within view of the kitchen windows, so there is little provision for those carrying their own food.

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