Luds Church Walk - October 3rd

Posted 4/10/2015

A superb 8.7 miles walk at the western end of the Peak District to kick off our final walks diary of 2015, which allowed us to see the chasm of Luds Church.

After meeting at the Roaches Tearooms for some pre walk refreshment, our walk started from the base of The Roaches with a rather tough climb up on the upper ridge. This involved ascending some rather brutally steep stone steps.

Once up onto the ridge we were able to walk along a gently climbing path past the Doxey Pool to the trig point at the highest point of The Roaches at a mere 505 Metres.

Our walk continued to Roach End where some of our party enjoyed some delicious yet expensive ice cream before walking onto Back Forest and finally passing through Luds Church.

Luds Church is a huge chasm in cliffs within Back Forest which apparently has links to medieval religious heresy. Pictures really do not do the chasm justice and it is well worth a visit.

Following a lunch break and a circular walk around Back Forest, we returned to our cars over the same route as our outward journey hoping that the mist would clear somewhat and we would be able to take in the fabulous views from the top of The Roaches. unfortunately this was not possible, as the mist did not fully clear. We were, however able to marvel at the huge numbers of people using The Roaches to do some rock climbing.

Our day was rounded off with some post walk refreshment in The Rock at Upper Hulme.

All in all a good day out for the 11 people who attended. A special mention goes to returning walker Steve Caddick and Vicky Caddick who walked with DVWG for the first time today.