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Name:Gradbach Hill
Hill number:16548
Height:399m / 1309ft
Parent (Ma):2812  Shining Tor
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Staffordshire (CoU)
Class:Tump (300-399m)
Grid ref:SK 00055 65296
Summit feature:no feature: heather
Col:356m  SK008650  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 119
(1:25k) OL24W
Observations:summit area is ca 30cms higher than top of rock tor known as Yawning Stone 45m S at SK 00070 65256
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 58 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From the Roaches. Along RoW across Black Brook, then immediately left. Found good narrow track that joins RoW s of summit. Doubled-back right along RoW to reach summit plateau. Decent path along the edge before cutting off to unmaked summit in heather. KeithByTheC06/03/2020
From road bend ESE, along good track, once through gate, ignore tracks to right and keep going until track along the edge that leads to rock outcrops which are only marginally lower than HP.PeterD29/11/2019
Some hats work terrain and a big rock outcrop, just to the south, that needs an Abney level to determine if it might over-top the moorlandvegibagger18/01/2018
Circuit from Roach End: The Roaches - Hen Cloud - Ramshaw Rocks - Gradbach Hill.Tony J04/11/2017
The Roaches, Luds Church, Gradbach Hill and return to the Roaches.broadway27/09/2017
As for Aye Jimmy.arranc27/09/2017
2nd hill of 5 today on a route from the Cat and Fiddle to Leek, climbing Whetstone Ridge then heading Sw through Danethorpe Holllow,S over rough moorland to cross A34 then SE to Cut-thorn, over the River Dane, fp up to Middle Edge then climbed direct to summit, a heathery knoll. Yarning stone looks quite human head-like. Excellent views. Followed edge SE then descended to fp then over brook to climb steeply through bracken en-route to the Roaches.Dazingdale09/07/2017
From Ramshaw Rocks. A section on the lanes barely detracted from what was a lovely walk. The previous logs talked of boggy ground but today it was just uneven. I made the mistake of visiting the 397m spot height first before crossing the col to the true top. A nice stone man outcrop nearby too. Headed from here down to Luds Church and then up to the ridge and on to The Roaches.stig_nest24/06/2017
Parking at an altitude of 1167ft to SE. Follow footpath to the first waymark post on the open access land where the path bends NW. DO NOT FOLLOW PATH. As others have said,it is very boggy. Instead look for a small path starting here which stays on the level. This is a dry path which leads all the way to the summit. 1.16 miles return, 30 minutes, 147 ft ascent.moorsman20/01/2017
From road corner to ESE with plenty of parking. Very boggy today.Mark Sims02/01/2017
Gradbach car park,Birchenough Hill, Oliver Hill then Gradgach Hill. Great day, sunny with frozen ground.John Eley29/12/2016
As David Evans. Accompanied by an energetic young sheepdog who appeared from nowhere at high pace. He took me to the top and back to the car where his anxious owner was calling for him. Geoff often goes awol and adopts walkers for half an hour . He is from the local farm and in the absence of sheep makes do with humans.Campbell Singer29/12/2016
Birchenough Hill, Oliver Hill, Gradbach Hill. With John & Daisy. Parked at Gradbach car parkRotorslap29/12/2016
Parked at SK 00836 65063. Enough room for 1/2 dozen cars or more. Followed track until boggy area then struck out NW towards summit on well used path.David Evans19/12/2016
From the SE along the rough grass / heather / billberry tussocky ridge. Challengingly greasy rock tower on SW edge slightly lower than the heathery hill top. Brambles at N end of ridge.RichardM14/10/2016
With Jo, from Gradbach cp: road to Gradbach then footpaths to Cloughhead and onto Gradbach Hill, returning along the concessionary path from Dane Valley. Weather; sunny, warm, good visibility.amblerbob01/09/2016
From layby area to SE, went on over past Gradbach Scout Campsite, through Wood Forest and back to the car via Back Forest ridge.BobHancock08/07/2016
Large parking area at road junction to SE, large track then lesser one. Yawning Stone no problem on dry day from short side, but sloping holds would be awkward if wet. Summit said to be nearby heathery top.Aye Jimmy17/03/2016
Nice 10 mile walk from Roach End, along The Roaches, onto the Churnet Way to Ramshaw Rocks then followed field paths to Gradbach, walked through woods to Luds Church and followed ridge of Back Forest back to Roach End, very dull weather.DanTrig17/10/2015
With Jody :) Afternoon walk to Lud's Church from Goldsitch Moss with a quick detour up Gradbach Hill, then up the ridge and along the Roaches. Had planned to return via Hen Cloud and Ramshaw Rocks but it was getting late and we decided to cut the route short!the_adam28/03/2015
From SK008650.summitsup19/12/2014
From E: good track: just before it descends there's a well trodden path along ridge to summit. I was satisfied the Yawning Stone is slightly lower but good to see the Abney agrees. I'd maybe get up it with someone to assist, but wasn't about to solo it, especially not on a windy afternoon. Looks about VS.RHW22/02/2014
Circular route from Gradbach.rhalstead26/12/2013
Long lay-by on minor road at SK 01758 62046. Ramshaw Rocks - Newstone Rocks - Gib Torr Rocks - Ann Roach Rocks - Ann Roach Rocks NW Top - Gradbach Hill.David Gradwell09/09/2012
From the Scout camp to the north.Wheelsy02/08/2012
with Steve and Brian, a walk from Gradbach, over The Roaches and Hen cloud, and back over the reservoir.11.5 miles, 2275ft of ascent.sunny with the odd cloud.Lou16/03/2012
Done as the first hill on a gorgeous circuit continuing to Gib Torr, Ramshaw Rocks, Hen Cloud and The Roaches. Shapeless lump that gazes at the back of The Roaches but had some fun playing on the rocks near the top.Jake99418/03/2006
Joint camp with Limburg Scouts at Gradbachclimbingkershaw25/07/2001
Walking trip with Grimsby Ramblers/Dave R, took in 3 shires head after Cheeks Hill the CoU, finished on HC and then pub belownordicstar06/07/1984
With: muhc; From drop at A537 over Axe Edge Moor along Axe Edge & Oliver Hill to Flash and pub for lunch. Then over Gradbach Hill to Roach End and along the Roaches to Hen Cloud & pickup in Upper Hulme.Ian Baines14/10/1976
Nick Caunt14/10/2019
Alan Caine09/06/2018
carole engel28/01/2018
Martin R05/11/2017
Richard Gunn19/08/2017
andrew brown16/02/2017
George Gradwell02/06/2013