Lud's Church

Matt Lynch
Article By: Matt Lynch
3 months ago
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Nature-Forest Nature-Rock formation

This natural gulley of rock is nestled behind The Roaches in the shadowy glade of the Back Forest. It perches above the gushing waters of the River Dane on the eastern slopes. Climbing down into this chasm, with the steep rock walls rising narrowly above you, is a surreal experience. It is 100 metres long and 18 metres deep. The walls are cool and damp, lined with living moss that climbs up the rock to the lips of the cavern. Forest foliage dangles over the gap above you giving the area an enchanted feel! Lud's Church is a geological feature that cuts into the Millstone Grit bedrock and was formed following a landslip on the hillside above Gradbach. The area is shrouded with religious myth and history. It's thought that pagan midsummer worship may have occurred on the few days of the year that the light penetrates to the depths of the ravine. Lollards may have used it as a secret place of alternative Christian worship in the 1400s to evade the watchful eye of the Roman Catholic Church. Some say it's the setting for the Green Chapel from the Arthurian story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Whatever you believe, your mind will undoubtedly be filled with wandering visions as you enter this mysterious place.
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