Today we took a guided walk with Hiker Kidz who organise various walks throughout the Peak District, Mine love meeting up with other families to explore the outdoors.
PARKING- Lud's Church car park, Gradbach Mill Lane, Quarnford, Buxton, Derbyshire. SK17 0SU
MILES- 4-6MILES APPROX
FACILITIES- TOILETS WERE AVAILABLE AT THE CAMP SITE JUST OUTSIDE THE CAR PARK
TERRAIN-WOODLAND, AND GRASS
The kids were really looking forward to today as they got to meet other families who hike.
Organised by Hiker Kidz on Instagram we all met in the morning.
Walk back through the car park, turning right onto the road. Follow the river downstream. Pass through the entrance to Gradbach Mill and continue along this tarmacked track to the buildings.
There is normally toilets available at the scout centre just near the start of the walk.
The trail is easy to follow with a sign post to Luds church, along the route is rocks to climb on, hills to roll down and rivers to splash in.
Lud's Church is an immense natural rock on the hillside above Gradbach, in the black forest it was formed by a landslip which has split a large section of rock from the hillside, forming a cleft which is over 15 metres high in places and over 100 metres long, though usually only a couple of metres wide.
Its rumoured it got its name from a Christian splinter group who used the secluded gully as a secret meeting place in the 15th century. Robin Hood and his Merry Men themselves are said to have taken refuge in the hidden depths of the Church,.