The Roaches

This is a circular walk including the Roaches, Hen Cloud and Lud’s church in the Southern Peak District. The Roaches are spectacular rock formations, with gritstone boulders and on a clear day we should have stunning views across Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. We also visit the ancient site of Lud’s Church. This is a deep chasm through the millstone grit and covered in algae, mosses and ferns.


9 October 2022

No dogs


Do not walk if you are feeling unwell. Carry your own hand sanitiser. In case of an emergency ensure you have with you a face mask and first aid pack.
Inevitably, the route will go through gates and over stiles that other people will have touched. It may have narrow sections that mean you will be passing close to other people.

Leaving the carpark, we follow the River Dane then walk through Forest Wood climbing steadily to our high point of the day, The Roaches (505m). We follow the Roaches ridge then descend gently to Hen Cloud (410m) at the southern end of the gritstone escarpment. We carry on descending to towards the village of Meerbrook before starting to climb gently again, through Back Forest, to reach the ridge leading to Lud’s Church (345m).
We continue descending through the 100m long,18m deep chasm, back through Forest Wood then walk along the River Dane retracing our way back to our start at the car park.

Meeting Time:
Meeting Place:
At walk start point
Walk Starts:
Walk Finishes:
Duration (incl stops):
Highest Point:
505m The Roaches
Lanes, tracks and fields with some rocky sections on the Roaches.
Explorer OL24
Starting Point:
Car park Roaches Gradbach, Gradbach Mill Lane, Quarnford, Grid ref SJ998662 Postcode SK17 0SU


Let the walk leader know of any relevant medical conditions

Refer to the Handbook for walk related information and specifically for recommended walking equipment and safety information 

Remember you are responsible for being properly equipped

Ensure you have the walk leader’s phone number in case of an emergency

If you become detached from the group STOP, call out; try contacting group by phone or text. If no contact return to the last place you were with the group. Wait 30 mins repeatedly trying to make contact. After 30 mins seek help and/or make your own way safely.

The Google map below is the location of the walk start point.