Lud's Church is a deep chasm penetrating the Millstone Grit bedrock created by a massive landslip on the hillside above Gradbach, in a forest area known as the Black Forest. Lud's Church is 15 metres high in places and over 100 metres long, though usually only a couple of metres wide.
Over the ages this place has offered shelter to all sorts of renegades and there is a tradition that Robin Hood used it. However, it is fairly certain that the Lollards (followers of John Wycliffe, an early church reformer, who were condemned as heretics) used it as a place of worship in the early 15th century, giving the place its current name. The church also acted as the model for the 'Green Chapel' in the classic mediaeval poem 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight', and the aura of mediaeval romance still seems to stick to it.
This really is 'Secret Britain' and I can share pics for those that are interested?
Start: Gradbach Car Park, Quarnford, Buxton, Derbyshire. SK17 0SU (OS ref): SJ996661 Map (1:25,000): Explorer OL24 - This address is actually for a local farm - the car park doesn't come with a postcode, but is situated on the right heading down a country lane towards the Hostel.
Car Park: Designated car park https://maps.google.com/maps?q=53.193020,-2.002903 (zoom in on the red coloured pointer and switch to salelite view)
Distance: 9.5 miles
Time: 6 hours (includes stoppage times)
Ascent: 1715 feet
Decent: 1697 feet
Hazards: Care needed if scrambling on the Roaches and Hen Cloud.
Paths: Rocky moorland paths, forest racks and some country road
Refreshments + Toilets: Gradbach Mill Hostel
Accommodation: http://www.youthhostelsguide.com/hostels/view/75 this is a very nice looking place and is situated at the start + finish point of our walk (whose for stopping over here, should probably book sooner rather than later)
Please read the 'Read More About Us' section on the homepage before signing up for this walk, ensuring appropriate fitness and suitability for this walk.
Climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.
Car-sharing please advise whether you require or can offer; mobile numbers should be exchanged between driver & passenger; carshare costs at driver's discretion.