The Roaches and Lud's Church, Hulme End, Staffordshire

Distance: 7 miles, taking 3-4 hours

Cost: Entirely free

Parking: Roadside lay-by next to The Roaches entrance, ST13 8UA

Paths and Accessibility: Some firm path with lots of very muddy areas, especially during winter and early spring.  Challenging accessibility with stiles, steps and steep inclines and declines.

General Information: A highlight on the edge of the Staffordshire Peak District with glorious views and natural features, from the climb high to the top of the Roaches rock formations, the open landscape at the top which can be very windy, views across the edge and the very impressive Lud's Church with steep rocky sides covered in moss and interesting sorts of green.

Very popular with walkers and climbers, it's especially busy in good weather at the weekends when it may become difficult to find a free parking space so off-peak season is recommended.

Amenities: There are no venues for toilets or refreshments along the route, but the Roaches Tea Rooms are very closely located just down the road (ST13 8UA) 

Walked and submitted by Jenny and the Get some fresh air walkers in March 2017

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