The Roaches Ridge and Eerie Lud’s Church, Leek

The Roaches Ridge and Eerie Lud’s Church, Leek

As a Peak District walker, even before I moved to the beautiful and charasmatic market town of Leek, the Roaches was a favourite haunt of mine, both for the awesome rock formation and the eerieness of the Lud’s Church.
It is a great walk for escapism with views over miles of countryside. On a good day you can see as far the mountains of Wales.
Many visitors come to Leek purely to walk over the Roaches and I would love to show you a fabulous route, share my knowledge of some of the history and of course entice you with a few folk tails.
Unfortunately often walkers see these delightful rocks and find their own path, ending up scrambling dangerously up the ridge. They miss the environmental friendly pathway through the rocks, the stretches of scenic moorlands, the Doxy Pool and of course the mystique woodland way to the Lud’s Church.
Plus of course, no visit is complete without a visit to the Roaches Tea Room. Their oatcakes; a local tradition, are just delicious.
I warmly invite you
* Duration: 5 hours
* Starts: Staffordshire, United Kingdom
* Trip Category: Day Trips & Excursions >> Day Trips




As a Peak District walker, even before I moved to the beautiful and charasmatic market town of Leek, the Roaches was a favourite haunt of mine, both for the awesome rock formation and the eerieness of the Lud’s Church.
It is a great walk for escapism with views over miles of countryside. On a good day you can see as far the mountains of Wales.
Many visitors come to Leek purely to walk over the Roaches and I would love to show you a fabulous route, share my knowledge of some of the history and of course entice you with a few folk tails.
Unfortunately often walkers see these delightful rocks and find their own path, ending up scrambling dangerously up the ridge. They miss the environmental friendly pathway through the rocks, the stretches of scenic moorlands, the Doxy Pool and of course the mystique woodland way to the Lud’s Church.
Plus of course, no visit is complete without a visit to the Roaches Tea Room. Their oatcakes; a local tradition, are just delicious.
I warmly invite you

Itinerary
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Stop At: The Roaches Peak District, Upper Hulme, Leek ST13 7LX England

The Roaches is a prominent rocky ridge above Leek and Tittesworth Reservoir in the Peak District of England. The ridge with its rock formations rises steeply to 505 m and in clear conditions, it is possible to see much of Cheshire and views stretching as far as Snowdon in Wales and Winter Hill in Lancashire.
The Roaches are the most prominent part of a curving ridge which extends for several miles from Hen Cloud in the south to Back Forest and Hangingstone in the northwest. At the top there is a small pool called Doxey Pool that is, according to legend, inhabited by a water spirit.
My personal love is the feel and spirit of the rocks, eroded through time with their own personal worn over time characteristics. Great for photo shots.
There are tales of Doug the Hermit who lived in the rocks and also sightings of Wallabies, released from a local zoo many years ago.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Lud’s Church, 66 Lane, Leek ST13 8TA England

Entering deep into this moss filled crevice you get an eerie sense of ghosts and forest spirits. The ‘church’ is often used for Pagan ceremonies but has its history in the meeting place for the Lollards, who were followers of John Wycliffe, an early church reformer in the early 15th century.

Duration: 20 minutes