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Breathtaking Peak District Walk Looks Like Something From Lord Of The Rings

Breathtaking Peak District Walk Looks Like Something From Lord Of The Rings

Lud’s Church is located in the heart of the woodland near Gradbach

Now the weather is slowly getting better again for us brits, it might be time to go on a few more hikes in the wilderness and slap them on our Insta stories to show everyone you know how to walk.

Well, the Peak District is the go-to place for a wander and a focal point is certainly Lud’s Church, which looks like something off the set of Lord of the Rings.


The wonderful scenery is brought to life by a chasm located at the heart of the woodland near Gradbach.

As shown by these stunning images, the walls are covered in almost neon-green moss and the base of the 18-metre deep gorge allow visitors to walk straight through via step linings and boards.

As per the Peak District website, the area is 'wreathed in myth and legend'.


It reads: "In fact, so legendary is Luds Church, it is hard to find anyone who has actually been there. 

"But, if you are visiting the famous Roaches escarpment and enjoy a mission of discovery and adventure, then make the extra effort to find this atmospheric slice of Staffordshire.

"Slice in Staffordshire would be more correct, for, as the OS map says, this is a proper “chasm” and you don’t come across too many of them.

"(Older OS maps may still read “Lud’s Church, Cave”, but this is just one of a dozen misconceptions about the place, proving how few people have discovered it)."


Although it's 'not quite in the middle of nowhere' it can be pretty difficult to get to if you don't do your research.

The myth ridden site has been a talking point for centuries.

The website adds: "Robin Hood, Friar Tuck and Bonnie Prince Charlie are all supposed to have hidden in Luds Church, (they do get about, don’t they?)

"What is true, is that the place was used by 15th Century nonconformists, the Lollards, as a place of worship and that the name of “Lud” may derive from Walter de Ludbank, who was taken captive here at one of their meetings.

"There are many wonderful walks to be explored from this point through Gradbach and Forest Woods. 


"You can combine a visit to Lud’s Church with a longer hike over the Roaches, or a more sheltered walk up the valley from Dane Bridge, so if you have been bewitched by the place, there are many excuses to return, perhaps bringing an unsuspecting friend, to enjoy their expressions of surprise and enchantment."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: UK News