Gradbach is a tiny hamlet on the River Dane, and a well-known beauty spot which attracts many visitors. The hamlet is centred around a fine stone-built mill which was constructed in 1785 for the spinning of silk. Though the mill was water-powered and therefore cheap to run this was too remote a site for an enterprise like this to be commercially viable and the mill closed as early as 1885. It is now a Youth Hostel.
Besides the valley of the Dane, the attractions of the area are the fine moorland walks on the Back Forest and The Roaches and the unusual formation known as Lud's Church.
Shuttlingsloe from Allgreave
is a tiny farming hamlet clustered around the A54 where it makes a steep descent to cross Clough Brook, below Wildboarclough. On the main road there is a pub called the the Rose and Crown.
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0 - Luds Church
1 - Flash - upper Dane valley
2 - Gradbach
3 - Gradbach Mill
4 - Swythamley - the Hanging Stone
5 - Shuttlingsloe and Wildboarclough from Allgreave
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