Ready for a fantastic walk in the Staffordshire Peak District? This route includes The Roaches and Hen Cloud both with beautiful views of the area, then on to Lud’s Church for a completely different experience.
The Lud’s Church walk is one of those must-visit places in the Peak District and this walk is combined with two other beautiful locations. Lud’s Church is not an actual church building but it is known to have been a place of worship many years ago.
From the moment you step foot down the steps into the chasm of Lud’s Church, you’re greeted with the wow factor, perfect for kids to explore and adult to marvel at the unique place that lays before them – photos don’t do it justice, this is definitely a place to see with your own eyes.
This route starts in Upper Hulme and first takes you on a steep climb up to Hen Cloud, with views of the Tittesworth Reservoir to the west. From here you head down towards the Roaches and make your way along the top until you drop down and walk through some woods before reaching Lud’s Church.
You then loop back and take a path parallel to the Roaches, but lower-level, until you reach Ramshaw Rocks then it’s back to the start at Upper Hulme.
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk, route information, map, GPX file, plus a step by step guide of the walk.
Have you visited Lud’s Church? Let me know in the comments.
The Roaches + Lud’s Church Walk from Upper Hulme
The Roaches + Lud’s Church walk map
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Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 00696 61258
Car parking address: Roach Road, Upper Hulme, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8TY
There is free layby parking along much of this road, you may need to drive further down to find a space if you arrive later.
Nearest train station: Buxton (10 miles/17 mins) or Stoke-on-Trent train station (16 mile/35 mins)
The number 16 bus goes from the train station to near the start of the walk – D&G Buses from close to both train stations.
Facilities on the walk
There are no public toilets available at the start of the walk at Upper Hulme or on the walk.
At the start/finish of the walk, there’s a lovely tearoom, The Roaches Tearoom. they do amazing cake so worth treating yourself at the end of the walk.
Other useful information
The Roaches and Lud’s Church are both popular locations to visit in the Peak District, it’s worth getting there early or going during the week if you can.
Walking along The Roaches can be quite exposed so worth bringing an extra layer to keep warm. Also, the woods before Lud’s Church and walking through can be muddy in places.
Please keep the Peak District beautiful and respect everyone who uses the park. Take ALL your rubbish home to dispose of and remember close gates (as you found them). Thank you so much.
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Peak District weather
Check the weather for your walk location and hills
- BBC Weather for Upper Hulme
- Met Office weather for the Peak District
- Met Office weather for The Roaches
Ordnance Survey Walk Map
The map required for this walk is OL24 – Peak District (White Peak Area). And don’t forget your compass, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass
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The Roaches + Lud’s Church walk route
Stage 1 – Upper Hulme to The Roaches (trig point)
Distance: 2 miles/3.3 km
Grid reference SK 00708 61270
Head north up the road from the layby near The Roaches Tearoom for a few hundred metres before you see a gate and track on your right. In front of you is the hill, Hen Cloud. Walk up the track then look for the smaller trails that head directly up to the top.
It’s a scramble in some places as you steeply ascend but a fun way to start the walk (you can go the long way round if you prefer by continuing on the track and taking a more gradual route up).
At the top of Hen’s Cloud, turn left and walk on the path heading down towards The Roaches, through a gate and on the base to the base on the rocks. Keep to the path bearing left to take the lower path, past the iconic Roaches gritstone rocks. You might see rock climbers here.
Then through the woods and turn right and up the steps to the edge of The Roaches, shortly after you’ll go past a small tarn – Doxey’s Pool on your right. Keep walking and after about 1 km you’ll reach The Roaches trig point.
Stage 2 – The Roaches to Lud’s Church
Distance: 1.5 mile/2.4 km
Grid reference SK 00119 63890
Continue walking past the trig point, then path then starts heading downhill towards a small road. Cross over, go through the gate, then a small one and turn right, following the boundary wall leading into a wooded area.
Stay on the upper path through the woods which winds through the area and then brings you out at Lud’s Church. Descend the steps into the chasm and explore the path leading in between the rocks. It can get pretty muddy in places down here.
Stage 3 – Lud’s Church to Roach End
Distance: 2.2 miles/3.5 km
Grid reference SJ 99276 65794
Once you’ve explored and made your way out of Lud’s Church, follow the path, shortly after there’s a small grassy area with some rocks that makes a good picnic stop.
Keep walking along the path heading in a westerly direction, at the end you’ll reach a footpath on your left heading uphill. Turn left and head up along this short section of the edge.
The path then drops back down back to the road at Roach End where you initially turned off to go to Lud’s Church.
Stage 4 – Roach End to Ramshaw Rocks
Distance: 2.7 miles/4.3 km
Grid reference SJ 99562 64485
This time, turn left and follow the track down towards the farm and past a small school. Keep walking on the path, across a small bridge of Black Brook.
Keep walking alongside Black Brook, keeping it on your right and follow it all the way until you reach some farm buildings. Go through the gate and turn right, continue on the path then bear left heading up towards the road.
Turn right and walk down the road until you reach a T-junction, cross here and then pick up the footpath heading towards Ramshaw Rocks.
Stage 5 – Ramshaw Rocks to Upper Hulme
Distance: 2.1 mile/3.4 km
Grid reference SK 02010 62564
Follow the path along Ramshaw Rocks, then down where you reach the road again. On the opposite side of the road, look for a footpath that heads downhill running parallel to the road. Then turn right through Naychurch and continue as the track winds down towards another farm, Well Farm.
Go through the farm, then turn right onto the footpath that will bring you out at the base of Hen Cloud and The Roaches. Continue walking until you reach the road. Turn left and you’ll be back at the layby.
Let me know if you have any questions about this walk in the comments.
Other options for this walk
Shorten the walk
An option to not shorten, but make this walk slightly easier is by missing out the climb up Hen Cloud at the start of the walk, instead, carry on up the road and take the footpath a few hundred metres up on your right.
You can also do the walk as a linear walk and return back via The Roaches instead of looping around and via Ramshaw Rocks. View the map here. This would make it an 8-mile/13 km route.
We also have a new shorter route on the website – The Roaches Walk + Hen Cloud From Upper Hulme | 7-Mile Route
More walks in the Peak District
Looking for more 10-mile walks in the Peak District, you might like some of these walks
- Mam Tor Via Jacob’s Ladder Walk From Edale | 10-Mile Route
- Alport Castles Walk From Ladybower Reservoir (Fairholmes) | 10-Mile Route
- Derwent Edge Walk From Ladybower Reservoir (Fairholmes) | 10-Mile Route
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