The Dane is a fabulous, beautiful river, tumbling down from the moors which loom above its ancient, wooded valley. Hidden in those woods is the most incredible church in the Peak District, with many a tale to tell.
Rather than a building, Lud’s Church is a moss coated chasm. This trail explores the Church, the identity of the mysterious Lud and the site’s connection with the surrounding Dane Valley.
The river’s source is just three miles away on Axe Edge Moor. Over those three miles, half a dozen streams converge and flow into the river. The confluence we can see here, with a stream joining from the right, is a typical example.
At its source on the moor, the River Dane is about 500 metres above sea level. By the time it reaches here, the river has lost almost half of that height. The power gained from this great fall carves through the rock in narrow steep-sided ravines, known in these parts as ‘cloughs’. Typically, they have a ‘V-shape’ profile where the water has eroded through the rock.