|Walk:||The Roaches, Derbyshire|
|Start Point:||2nd lay-by on the road near Upper Hulme||Grid Reference:||SK 006 620|
|Distance:||10.3 miles||Ascent:||1,960 feet|
|Weather:||Drizzly and cloudy all day|
|Comments:||This would probably be the best walk in
Derbyshire if it weren't in Staffordshire! For us, anyway, it was
unfinished business, as those of you who were on last summer's Coach
Ramble will testify.
Nine walkers gathered in the drizzly rain which would persist through much of the day, but our spirits were soon lifted as we ascended Hen Cloud then enjoyed the exciting promenade along the Roaches. At Roach End David and John were quick to take advantage of the attendant ice cream van despite the cold. Lud's Church, a deep cleft surrounded in mystery and folk lore served as a sheltered lunch break before we made our way across the rough pasture back to the cars. Signposts, stiles and gates were there but the paths were little used and constant reference to the maps was necessary. A final treat awaited us as we breasted the hill below Hen Cloud and fabulous views across the Cheshire Plain to the Clwydian Hills and the Wrekin opened up. A fine end to a fine walk.
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Raining but ready to start
On top of Hen Cloud
View showing Tittesworth Reservoir
Back down with the start of The Roaches in view
Looking back to Hen Cloud
Didn't see any
Doxey Pool, mentioned in the Doomsday Book
Group at highest point, Trig Point 505m
Coffee stop, looking east from the trig point
Roaches = Rocks
Lunch . . .
in Lud's Church
The way out
Crossing Black Brook, near Gradbach
It stopped raining, but not for long. Roaches to the left.
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