Sunday, 15th May 2011




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
Time: 5.75 hours    
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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