Traveller's tales

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

An English 'wadi'

The River Manifold starts life in a few acres of moorland up on Axe Edge, between Buxton and the village of Flash, which was named after the counterfeit money (flash money) that was produced there. Manifold and Dove begin very close to each other, in fact; the river Dove is more photogenic, popular with visitors, the river Manifold more tranquil, less well known, but still extremely beautiful, hence the saying, 'Some of the best parts of Derbyshire are in Staffordshire!'

The River Manifold, unlike its more picturesque neighbour, meanders in its middle reaches, and goes underground during the drier summers, to reappear several miles lower down, or in more pluvial times.

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