The footpath from the mill is clearly marked and winds its way along the river and then uphill into the woods. We stopped off at a rock formation giving lovely views over the Dane Valley before heading off up and into the chasm that is know as Luds Church.
Lud's Church is an immense natural cleft in the rock on the hillside above Gradbach, in a forest area known as the Black Forest. The feature has been formed by a landslip which has detached a large section of rock from the hillside, thus forming a cleft which is over 15 metres high in places and over 100 metres long, though usually only a couple of metres wide. Over the ages this place has offered shelter to all sorts of renegades and there is a tradition that Robin Hood used it. However, it is fairly certain that the Lollards (followers of John Wycliffe, an early church reformer, who were condemned as heretics) used it as a place of worship in the early 15th century, giving the place its current name. The church also acted as the model for the 'Green Chapel' in the classic mediaeval poem 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'
|This weeks route from Gradbach to Luds Church|
|Hollins Hill on the left and Chrome Hill on the right|
|Traffic hold up|
|This is another Black Brook|
|Ike & Geoff|
|Views over the Dane Valley|
|Entrance to Luds church|
|Geoff snapping away.|
|Geoff, Ike & me|
|Black Brook meets the river Dane|
|Ike & Geoff|
|The leat that took the water to the mill now overgrown|
|Unusual water trough on the approach to Gradbach Mill|
|River Dane next to the car park.|