The Roaches & Lud's Church

A Leekfrith walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 22/07/16

The Roaches are a popular place to walk offering dramatic views in this part of North Staffordshire. This walk includes Lud's Church a deep chasm that has some interesting historical connections.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h00[?]
Distance Distance : 11.02km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 360m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 357m
Highest point Highest point : 498m
Lowest point Lowest point : 309m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Leekfrith
Starting point Starting point : N 53.15423° / W 1.99211°
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Description

(D/A) The start is the lane that runs parallel to the south side of the Roaches. To get here turn off the main A53 Leek to Buxton road at Upper Hulme and follow the lane west to the section where parking is permitted. Note that at busy times of the year parking is soon full so an early or late start is probably the best idea. This walk starts from grid ref. SK006618 where a footpath sign on the north side of the road points to the dip between Hen Cloud and the Roaches. Take this path and climb into the col following a wall on your right. At the top, turn left and go through another wall. Continue straight ahead climbing onto the main ridge that forms the Roaches.

(1) The climb is steady and the view improves rapidly soon covering a large part of North Staffordshire, Tittesworth reservoir, the Cloud and parts of Cheshire. This area is very popular with climbers and has gained a following from those who enjoy bouldering. Passing Doxey Pool, the climb is nearly over and quite soon you reach the trig point marking the summit (505m.). Enjoy the view and then continue along the ridge descending to the road at Roach End (grid ref. SJ995644).

(2) Cross the road and bear right descending on the path signed to Lud's Church. At the first junction (grid ref. SJ994649) take the left hand path and this leads through pleasant woodland to Lud's Church. You can explore this rocky chasm although some of the rock is slippery after rain so care in needed when scrambling. After exploring Lud's Church return to the path and continue in westerly direction to walk in a loop back to the main ridge (grid ref. 977653). Turn left and follow the well trodden path following the ridge back to Roach End. Cross the road and retrace your route over the Roaches and back to the start(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.68 - alt. km 0.68 - The Roaches
2 : km 8.01 - alt. km 8.01 - Roach End, cross the road and bear right
D/A : km 11.01 - alt. km 11.01

Useful Information

This part of Staffordshire offers some superb scenery that is unique to the county. Visitors who are new to area always remark that it does not fit their stereotype of the area and they come away pleased to have made acquaintance with this part of the Staffordshire Moorlands that lies with the Peak District National Park.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.11/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 3.67/5
Walk interest : 4.67/5


Walker
on Mon 04 Feb 2019 09:36:26 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 04/02/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Great walk but it was very misty so we missed the views, will be going back when the weather is better.


Admin hiker
on Fri 11 Jan 2019 11:09:16 CET

Thanks Brian for your feedback. Your proposition sounds like a good idea that we are going to consider.


Walker
on Mon 31 Dec 2018 10:21:00 CET

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 31/12/18
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Very good

Perhaps it would be good to put a post code for the starting point as Google maps on iPhones sometimes won’t accept grid references


Walker
on Sat 07 Jul 2018 23:52:19 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 01/07/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

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