Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club


Previous walks include:

Gritstone trail
River Derwent
Manifold Hamps Valley
River Derwent Hike
Chatsworth Park
Christmas Ramble
New Year Ramble
Derbyshire walk
Peak District ramble
Dark Peak
Peak District hiking
Peak District walk


Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club
Next club ramble:
Peak District, Sunday, 22 March 2009

This is a previous walk by the Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club in the Peak District. Please click for details of the next walk or a walking calendar.

Lud Church RambleOn Sunday 22nd March the members of the Sutton Rambling Club will be visiting the Whale-backed famous Roaches ridge-one of the jewels in the Peak District crown. This is a golden opportunity to enjoy stunning cliffs, distant dales and explore the extraordinary St Lud's Church - a natural cleft in the rocks stretching for a distance in excess of 100m.

The ramble will start at the Gradbach car park (grid ref SJ998662) with a steady walk past the Youth Hostel to the footbridge over Black Brook going into Gradbach wood and on into the depths of Back Forest, once the unlikely home of a group of escaped red-necked wallabies now thought to be extinct but there have been reports of strange creatures hopping about on Gun Hill, the heather moor across the valley.

We continue with an easy climb up to Lud's Church where we will take a mid-morning break and spend a little time exploring this fascinating feature-one of the most atmospheric and evocative locations within the Peak District.

After our break we drop down to rejoin the Dane Valley Way running alongside the river Dane passing by Black Forest Farm and onto to the village of Danebridge for a 45 minute lunch stop.

There is a pub nearby. The Ship, but is going to be very busy with Mothering Sunday bookings, strongly recommend bringing your own food and drink supplies and enjoy a picnic.

After lunch we ascend the steps from Danebridge up a narrow gorge, across a field around Hangingstone Farm. The Hanging Stone then comes into view - there is an optional concessionary path up to the summit. This is a huge rock perched on the edge of the ridge with plaques dedicated to Lieutenant Harry Brocklehurst (World War heroic pilot) and to his faithful noble mastiff.

We then move on from the Hanging Stone and start our steady ascent onto the Roaches ridge ultimately arriving at the trig point on the summit 1675 feet above sea level. Here we can enjoy a 10 minute break and absorb the breath-taking views. This is one of the widest horizons in the Peak District including such features as The Wrekin, the Long Mynd, Caert Caradoc, the Berwyns and Clwydian Hills and Shutlingshoe one of the Peaks inspiring western moors. It is then onwards across the top of the Roaches until we reach Doxey's Pool reputed to have been the home of a mermaid who lured reckless young men into a watery grave!

Doxey Pool

We continue ahead towards Hen Cloud where there will be a choice of routes. The most energetic members can carry on up to the top of Hen Cloud. Alternatively there is the temptation of the refreshments at the Roaches Tea Room about 3/4 mile down the road. Finally there may be time for a cool beer at the pub in Upper Hulme (grid ref 014610) at the finish of the walk. The coach will leave at 5.15 pm with an estimated arrival time of 6.45 pm in Mansfield.

As always we welcome new members and this would certainly be an excellent choice for a first ramble. There is no necessity to pre-book your seat on the coach.

The McEwens coach leaves the "Staff of Life " pub on Hack Lane in Sutton-in-Ashfield at 9.15 am and the Bancroft Lane end, Stockwell Gate (near the Netto supermarket) in Mansfield at 9.30 am. There are other pick-up points available en route.

Please click to see other pick-up points available.

If you would like further information about the club please phone John on 01623 796396 or Diane on 01623 408704 or click for the 2009 programme of walks and previous walks.

NB, The image above is copyright to Geograph.