Best trails in Gradbach, Staffordshire

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Map of trails in Gradbach, Staffordshire
Top trails (2)
#1 - Flash and Three Shires Head
Peak District National Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
A circular walk in the Staffordshire Moors. The walk starts from the village of Flash which claims to be the highest village in England, it is a rather windswept location high on the western gritstone moors. Flash was a tough place to live for farmers, most having to find extra employment in local mills or from mining coal. Most of the old farmsteads are now private houses. The main part of the village consists of a few cottages, a church, a pub and a village school. Flash was noted as the centre for counterfeiting money, which became known as 'flash'. In the 18th century, button presses were used to make counterfeit coins .Some of the gang were hanged at Chester after a servant girl gave them away. Well dressings are held in Flash in the height of summer, a custom dating from medieval time which marks an acknowledgement of the importance of clean water and honours the local spring source. Alongside this runs the Tea Pot Parade, an event where a Marching Band accompanies the villagers carrying a papier-mâché Tea Pot. The teapot parade tradition dates back to 1846, a time when there was no NHS and a Friendly Society was formed. Everyone in the village gave a donation, which was put into a teapot, and the money was then given out to villagers in times of sickness, unemployment and bereavement. The society had more than 700 members at its peak. On the walk you will need to cross several stiles and pass through several gates. A stream is crossed by either stepping stones or a bridge. Some areas of the paths can be muddy and waterlogged and many sections are stony and uneven. The path up over the moors on the latter part of the walk is sometimes indistinct and is fairly steep with boggy and uneven sections. You will be sharing many of the paths with sheep, so take particular care with dogs. On a clear day many fine views can be seen. There are no public toilets along the walk. The correct map is OL24 White Peak. Allow 2 hours. Show more
#2 - Gradbach, the Roaches and Luds Church
Peak District National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
A walk from the tiny Staffordshire hamlet of Gradbach (with its mill) and up over open moorland to the high ridge of the Roaches with its magnificent views. Also there is an option to visit the magical ravine of Luds Church. Gradbach is a small hamlet on the River Dane and is a well-known beauty spot from which visitors can gain access to the Roaches and Luds Church. There are a few buildings and a small car park from which the walk starts. On the walk you will need to cross several stiles and negotiate a couple of short flights of stone steps, a river bridge and a few gates. The paths are easy to see but some areas can be boggy and are uneven with rocks and tree roots so a good pair of walking boots is recommended. There are no toilets along the route, the nearest are sited at the Titesworth Reservoir car park about seven miles away. Show more