For a long while now I’ve been visiting a place in the Roaches called Luds Church. From Gradbach to Luds Church is a good 15 to 20 minute walk that you would take, the only people you used to see on your way is at the old mill which is now a Youth Hostel. In winter the chasm is beautiful to the extreme with stalagmites and icicles hanging down all over and the peacefulness and tranquillity usually associated with an actual Church.
Luds Church was recently featured on the BBC television programme Secret Britain, as well as being published in numerous newspapers both in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. On our along the path we encountered so many people that it almost felt like a different place. A part of me felt sad for the area, knowing what the increased tourism was going to do to the paths, the Church and its surroundings. The amount of people that asked if the Church was close by, expecting an actual Church was sad to hear.
I can only hope that people are conscious of where they are and don’t trash it.