[Nottingham] [WALK] 23rd Saturday - Lud's Church and the Roaches

Jason Irwin jasonirwin73 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 16:29:27 UTC 2016

The jagged ridge of the Roaches (from the French for rocks - "roches") 
is one of the most popular outdoor locations in the Peak District 
National Park. It was here on the gritstone crags that the "€˜working 
class revolution" in climbing took place in the 1950s. There is also 
Doxey Pool which is said to be haunted by the ghost of a mermaid and 
inhabited by "Jenny Greenteeth", a hideous monster with green skin, long 
hair and sharp teeth, who grabs the ankles of anyone unfortunate enough 
to get too close, dragging them to a watery grave.

The areas is also home to the the Arthurian tale of Sir Gawain and the 
Green Knight. According to the 14th-century poem , a knight on horseback 
cloaked entirely in green, gatecrashed a feast at Camelot and challenged 
the Knights of the Round Table. Sir Gawain rose to the challenge and 
beheaded the Green Knight but the latter retrieved his head and 
laughingly challenged Sir Gawain to meet with him again in a year's time 
at the Green Chapel. This has been identified as Lud'€™s Church, near 
the Roaches.

It's a bit of a food & drink desert I'm afraid, so instead I propose a 
post-walk BBQ at our place assuming the weather is decent (non-walkers 
welcome). Seeing as we normally do these things in 1/2 - 2/3 the quoted 
time, I'm hopeful that a slightly earlier start will see us back before 
Should the weather not be conducive to to a BBQ there are a few eateries 
around e.g. http://www.yeolderockinn.org.uk/ or Roaches Tearoom at 
Paddock Farm).

Kit: Sturdy boots/approach shoes, decent socks, waterproofs, lunch, 
water etc.

Please let me know off-list if you'd like to join the walk/BBQ and if 
you're a driver or need transport.
If the BBQ is a goer, you can leave your offerings to the fire gods the 

What: Lud's Church and the Roaches
Distance: 11km (6.75 miles)
Ascent/Gradient: 311m (1,020ft)
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 4 hours
Deadtree: AA "50 Walks in the Peak District", walk 35 "Lud's Church and 
the Roaches", page 124.
ISBN: 978-0-7524-4639-4
Link: http://outdoorsgps.com/route/show/348850_ludas-church-and-the-roaches

Assuming BBQ weather:
When: July 23rd 2016 starting walk @ 0930
Meet-up #1: Our place in Beeston to leave no later than 0800
Meet-up #2: Car park on Roach Road, 
(http://osm.org/go/eu3DS~r6?layers=C&node=1548020121) @ 0915
Meet-up #3: BBQ @ our place ~1500

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