|Gradbach Youth Hostel|
After a 2 hour drive we arrived at the Gradbach Car Park and set off towards Lud Church. On the way we passed Gradbach Youth Hostel, it was bustling with walkers and outdoor types.
Lud's Church is a deep chasm penetrating the Millstone Grit bedrock created by a massive landslip on the hillside above Gradbach in the Peak District National Park, Staffordshire. It is located in a wood known as Back Forest, it is over 100 m long and 18 m deep. Inside the church it is mossy and wet and noticeably much cooler than outside the church.
|Inside Lud's Church|
We spent ages exploring and taking photos inside the church before heading back down to the car park. A truly amazing place (Lud church not the car park!!).
We decided to relocate the car for our walk to Staffordshire's Highest Cache. We were glad that we did because in the few miles that we drove the heavens opened and it chucked it down, then as soon as we arrived at the parking it stopped - how about that for timing?
|Rock Hall Cottage|
The path to the top passes Rockhall Cottage, it was built as a hunting lodge by Sir Philip Brocklehurst of Swythamley Hall, however originally there existed a cave dwelling known as Rock Hall at this location, this cave was occupied by an old crone called Bess Bowyer who lived to be nearly 100 years old. The Cottage is now owned by The British Mountaineering Council. You can read more about the folklore connected with the cottage here.
The path takes you on a gentle climb up to the top path. Along the path we passed a pool of water known as Doxey Pool. There are two myths attached to this allegedly bottomless Pool. According to one legend it is said to be the home of Jenny Greenteeth, a seductive mermaid who lures travellers to a watery grave. Another legend says that Doxey Pool is named after the daughter of Bess Bowyer from the nearby Rock Hall Cave dwelling. It is said that Bess died of a broken heart when her daughter, a beautiful singer, was carried off by strange men one winter’s day. The ghost, the ‘singing woman of the Roaches’ who walks the ridge on dark nights, is said to be the spirit of her daughter.
Really enjoyed the fabulous walk along The Roaches to the trigpoint and Staffordshire's Highest Cache, amazing views and scenery. Then it was back along the top and back to the car. A really fabulous walk which we would highly recommend......... and just by luck the rain held off until we got back to the car!
|Amazing what you see on The Roaches!|