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The Roaches, Staffordshire - On the Trail of the Green Knight.

Difficulty Leisurely

Walking time 4 hours 30 minutes

Length 13.8km / 8.6mi

Route developer: Walk Britain

Route checker: Kelvin Roberts

Start location Roaches Gate car park, 1 mile west of Upper Hulme
Route Summary An 8.5 mile circular walk along 'The Roaches', north of Leek, Staffordshire Peak District with weird rock formations; sightings of peregrine falcons and red grouse and Lud's Church - a hidden cleft with its own microclimate and flora.
3 reviews
Overall rating:
Oct 18, 2018
(4 reviews)
There appears to be new signage on this route. When you get to Roach End at 3, there is a finger post which could mislead you into thinking that this is the major path intersection in 4 above especially as it points to Lud's Church to the right. To follow the walk instructions above, you need to continue to the t-junction at the end of the watershed then turn right. Alternatively, you could take the right turn at Roach End and do the loop in reverse. Beautiful walk on a beautiful autumn day. We came back down the road from Roach End on the return to shorten the walk (and avoid the climb up again!)
Apr 03, 2017
(1 reviews)
Stupendous scenery from the Roaches. The walk beyond to Luds Church seems like another walk in itself: most certainly worth climbing through the muddier, more forested area, surrounding the "Church". It is in fact a magical chasm in the rock - quite unexpected.
Dec 27, 2015
(1 reviews)
Please note the grid reference for the car park is incorrect and is in Wales. The correct grid reference is SK004622
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