The Roaches, Hen Cloud and Lud's Church

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?

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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)

Difficulty: Meduim

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.



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  • Mark R

    Well done Ian! Chalk up another success. Glad the camping worked, I just wish I'd been there to share the laughs.

    4 · July 7

    • Mark R

      Thought you fillies needed breaking in gently... Next time we bivvy in a ditch...

      2 · July 7

    • Yvey

      What u on mr marcus...russian cuisine scrambled ur brain?? Ditch maybe...but best include those fav hates of urs; rose petals, scatter cushions, perfumed candles and pebbles...make sure the pebbles are polished mind ;)))

      2 · July 7

  • jaz

    Well, I've certainly discovered muscles I never thought I had!:) anyone else have aches from our mountaineering jaunt yesterday or am I just soo unfit? Anyone know a good masseur?

    2 · July 7

    • Ele

      No aches, just shin splints doing 2 x 30 min fast walks today. You did amazingly well. Nice to meet you.

      1 · July 7

    • jaz

      Grt 2 meet you too, though you must be crazy 2 walk again 2day!:) c u soon again hopefully......x

      July 7

  • Chris

    Sounds brilliant, I was just a few miles North of you all, watching the cycling, but I did think about you all & glad you enjoyed it. :)

    2 · July 7

  • Ele

    Thanks for a lovely weekend. It was great to spend some quality time with you all and laugh so much after a tough week at work. The only thing lacking was warm socks and that's down to my own stupidity - never pack when feeling overheated! :-)

    2 · July 7

  • Ian

    How many want me to cook breakfast? It's a simple meal but good protein and energy 'Baked Beans & Biltong'

    July 5

    • Mark R

      It was more the beans I was worried about... Sharing that tent and all...

      July 7

    • Ele

      Simple but delicious (the brekky, not Ian). Thanks!

      July 7

  • Philip

    What a fantastic day, fabulous weather scenery and views and above all a great group of people to appreciate it all with, thanks to everyone for making this such an enjoyable day.

    2 · July 7

  • jaz

    Thanks 4 sharing all the beautiful pickies........grt souvenir!

    2 · July 7

  • Ian

    Hope everyone arrived home safe and sound? Totals: Distance walked 11.2 miles, ascent 2240ft/682m and descent 2361ft/719m.

    Everyone did great!! We were blessed with the weather, super campsite, evening meal, company and walk ... thanks guys!! :)

    7 · July 6

    • Jane R.

      Yes home safe and sound. Great walk, great views and great company. Thanks Ian for sorting it all out.

      July 7

  • Anne

    The best!

    1 · July 6

  • Anne

    What a lovely weekend! Thank you so much Ian for organising and driving. Plus thanks to everyone for being such good company. Here's to next time.! :-)

    4 · July 6

  • jaz

    Fantastic walk, breathtaking scenery, lovely company - thanks for organising a real gem of a walk Ian!

    5 · July 6

  • Yvey

    Agree with others...suberb scenery...great place to camp...loads of fun and laughter from start to finish with some long climbs that showcased the surrounding vista. All perfect with great people to share it all with!! Thank u Ian :-)))

    4 · July 6

  • Russell B.

    A really great weekend. Thanks for the walk Ian, fantastic weather too. The campsite was just right with fantastic views. Good pub grub and great company throughout the whole weekend :)

    5 · July 6

  • Kay-Marie

    This was a brilliant walk; especially loved Lud's Church! Thank you Ian for another great walk .....and thank you all for brilliant company. The camping wasn't half as bad as I expected. And the sun shone for the whole time. Brilliant! :-) :-)

    6 · July 6

  • Ian

    Hope you all have a brilliant time!

    July 5

  • Clive H.

    Weather was good up on The Ridge and Mam Tor today enjoy Roaches

    July 5

  • jaz

    Happy camping guys, enjoy!:)

    July 5

  • Ian D.

    Sorry to drop out at last minute folks but I have a new contract starting Monday in Farnborough so I have stuff to sort out this weekend. Hope the sun shines on you all :)

    July 5

  • Chris

    Have a really great time guys and say hello to the Roaches for me :)

    1 · July 5

  • Jane R.

    Hiya is everyone eating at the pub tonight?

    1 · July 5

    • Anne

      Did you book a table Ian?

      July 5

    • Ian

      Yes - table booked for 6.30 for 7 persons - has to be early as another walking group camping and then live band starts. Seven persons being ... Anne, Yvey, Ele, Jane, Kay Marie, Russell and me

      1 · July 5

  • Ian

    Weather looks perfect for today and tomorrow morning and lunch time onwards looks like possible showers so probably bring waterproofs?!

    July 5

    • Anne

      At least we can put the tents up without getting a soaking....

      July 5

  • Jane R.

    No I'm all sorted ta.

    1 · July 5

  • David

    Have a great weekend, at least you won't have any trouble getting the tent pegs in the ground :-)

    2 · July 5

    • Ian

      I love making memories ... got a feeling this weekend is going to be a good one

      July 5

  • Ele

    Was there talk last weekend about Sunday breakfast? The pub doesn't do brekky until 11am on a Sunday and there's nowhere nearby. I don't relish the idea of walking on an empty tank. :-(

    July 4

    • Russell B.

      May be best to bring something for breakfast just in case there is no where open

      July 5

    • Ian

      I'm bringing my JetBoil system so can make plenty of hot water for coffee & tea!

      1 · July 5

  • Chris J

    Hope you all have an fantastic time!!

    3 · July 4

  • Mark R

    Im almost certainly not going to be able to make this one now. I'm likely flying out to Russia on Saturday morning. I'll know for sure later on today and will update my RSVP. For Kay-Marie and Yvey, I'll drop the loan kit you want off with Ian so he can bring it up for you. Sorry guys...
    I've paid £7 for my pitch so if any other happy camper wants it who hasnt yet paid, its yours.

    July 2

    • Kay-Marie

      We will miss you Mark :-( Thank you for the lend :-) Enjoy Russia! See you soon :-)

      1 · July 2

    • Ian

      Hope you have a good trip - gonna miss you on the walks :(

      July 3

  • Ian

    Mark do we have a reference number for our booking at the campsite?

    July 3

  • Carolyn P.

    Sorry Ian im gonna have to pull out of the trip :-( gutted but family comes 1st

    1 · July 3

    • Ian

      Ok no worries Carol - see you soon :)

      July 3

  • jaz

    Lift all sorted, but thank you for the offers - see u guys there!:)

    2 · July 1

    • Mark R

      No problem Jaz, prob just as well as I'm having to bail out anyway. Enjoy...

      July 2

  • Yvey

    U sure we are all gonna fit in there??? :))

    June 30

    • Yvey

      Sometimes Mr Marcus ur a right killjoy...must remember to slip u a happy pill...lol ;))

      1 · June 30

    • Mark R

      :-))))))) Thats me laughing a lot, not all my chins....

      1 · June 30

  • jaz

    Backup plan, has anyone got space on Saturday?

    June 30

    • Mark R

      Hi Jaz, I'll be driving up on Saturday, prob leave about midday. Are you roughing it with us at the Wild Boar site or going posh?

      June 30

  • jaz

    Hey there, anybody going down sunday morning who could kindly give me a lift?

    June 30

    • Ian D.

      I'll be going Sunday morning so could give you a lift if you like

      June 30

    • jaz

      Thanks ian, keeping all options open at moment, not sure sat/sun, will let u know

      June 30

  • Ian D.

    Hey Jaz - I'll be going on Sunday morning. Me and camping do not get on... I could give you a lift if you need one

    June 30

  • David

    Unfortunately, going to have to pull out of this one..have a great walk y'all

    June 29

  • Mark R

    Accomodation Ideas: The Wild Boar Inn, Wincle , Macclesfield, SK11 0Q is 5 miles from Quarnford where we are meeting. It has a field out back for camping at £7 per person There is a toilet and shower block and the pub does meals. Tel: 01260 227219.
    Lane Head Farm, Longnor, Newtown, Buxton, SK17 0NG is 3.5 miles from Quarnford where we are meeting. It has woodland pitches for camping at £12 per 2 person tent. There is a toilet but no showers. Pub with meal is 30mins walk away Tel: 01298 83778.
    Sheen Bunkhouse, Buxton, SK17 0ES. Is about 10 miles from Quarnford where we are meeting. Sleeps up to 14 for £16 per night. Bunks, facilities and kitchen, Pub and food 300yds away. Tel:[masked] /[masked]
    All of these can be googled for more information.

    2 · June 12

    • Ian

      Thank you for organising accommodation Mark - I think we are going to have lots of laughter and fun :)

      2 · June 23

    • Mark R

      Yes Ele, that's you. No problem. Auto correcting text.. it just did it again but I caught it.

      1 · June 24

  • Ian

    Very sorry, but cannot make this one after all. It is a great walk so am sad to miss it.

    1 · June 23

  • Karen

    I am interested, depending on logistics! :-)

    May 29

    • Ian

      Hi Ele, only just seen your message - I think I have 3 persons travelling with me ... shall get them to confirm. 3 in the back locally is nice, but long distance not so comfortable and we have backpacks in the boot and camping gear, so limit to me and 3 passengers.

      June 12

    • Karen

      Ian, thank you so much for the offer of a lift, but I have had to un-commit, sorry (nothing to do with any concerns over your choice of music/radio station for the journey!) ;-)

      June 12

  • Karen

    I am going to have to withdraw from this walk, apologies.......that frees a place in Ian's vehicle....

    June 12

  • Anne

    Looks like I've missed out on a space in Ian's car - can I go on the reserve list if anyone drops out?
    :-)
    If necessary I'll just drive myself, I don't really mind.

    June 10

    • Anne

      Hi Ian

      That's great! Wasn't relishing the idea of driving on my own if I'm honest. I'll see how I get on with my tent at Glastonbury before I decide whether or not to camp. :-)

      June 12

    • Ele

      :-( My request to you Ian was ignored. I'll have to hope Nick + 1 take pity on me...

      June 12

  • Nikki

    Ian, I see 2 walks on Sunday July 6th. Is this correct or do I need to go to spec savers?

    June 10

  • Kevin

    Hi Ian, was sorry to miss the Maulden walk but did manage to get out and stretch my legs. Which hostel are you thinking of staying at for the Roaches? Cheers.

    June 8

  • Clive H.

    Would liked to have joined you especially as in Castleton all weekend for a Birthday Bash.

    June 7

  • Julie d.

    Yet another walk I will be missing, away !

    June 1

  • Karen

    Ian, going up and down in 1 day, or staying over, surely that's a decision for the drivers? The non-drivers would be able to snooze on the drive home, so the H&S issue is for those who can't....

    May 30

    • Ian

      yeah of course, sorry if my message came across wrong - I'm merely interested to know everyone's thoughts that's all - but agree each person needs to know their own limits - when i said about meeting at mine, that was only those persons travelling with me :)

      May 30

  • Chris

    Don't forget Castleton for a base - not that far from the Roaches, excellent youth hostel (Lose Hill), lots of b&bs and pubs for food & drinks as well - all pubs walkable to.no matter where you stay.. Where most of us stayed for the Mam Tor walk. Cheers

    2 · May 29

    • Ian

      Sorry about that guys - hopefully Lud's Church will still be there? lol Nick spoke highly of some accomplish and budget pricing too, might be worth checking out?

      May 30

    • Ian

      Sorry meant accommodation ;)

      2 · May 30

  • Ian

    I'm thinking we should book accommodation at the Hostel - we can cook our own food there or you can purchase from their cafe. From memory I think the latest they cook till is 7 or 8pm? Thoughts?

    1 · May 29

    • Yvey

      Cheap n cheerful is fine by me...never stayed in a hostel or camped before...so whatever the decision...great :)

      1 · May 29

  • Galya

    Only by coincidence, I have the week off work, so I might consider.

    May 29

  • Chris

    This should be brilliant as the Roaches & Hen Cloud are spectacular and you'll hopefully see a few climbers out on the routes too. Unfortunately I can't make the Sunday as it's the same day as one of the opening stages of the Tour de France (about 30 miles up the road away!!!) which I'm going to see on that day (once in a lifetime stuff). So if you changed the walk to the Saturday I'd bite you hands off to go! Cheers Chris .

    ps now, if you did the walk on the Sat and watched "Le Tour" on the Sunday what a weekend that would be! :)))))

    2 · May 29

  • Julie W.

    Sounds lovely but away in sunny Spain!!

    May 29

  • Mark R

    Ian, I just rang Gradbach Mill youth Hostel on your link to check prices, I was told it has recently closed down as a Hostel, its now an outdoor education centre, you might want to ring and check yourself.

    May 29

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