The Roaches derive their name from the French – Les Roches – the rocks, and are a Gritstone escarpment situated above Leek & Tittesworth Reservoir in the Peak District.
I led a walk there yesterday in glorious conditions.
Parking in a lay-bye on the minor road close to Upper Hulme we climbed up onto the ridge and headed northwest past Doxey Pool. There were many weird rock formations where the Millstone Grit had been worn by the action of the wind and rain. The area is very popular with rock climbers and many were out today taking advantage of the conditions.After walking the length of the ridge we dropped down to cross a road at Roach End and continued in the same direction towards Danesbridge. At a three-way fingerpost we turned right and headed for Lud’s Church.
This is a deep chasm about 100 yards in length created by a massive landslip in the hillside above Gradbach. It is believed that the chasm was used as a sacred place by the early Pagans due to the fact that only on Midsummer day does sunlight penetrate the chasm. During the 15th centuary the Lollards who were followers of John Wycliffe used it as a place of worship to escape persecution. Today it was lovely and cool with the faces of the rock dripping with moist vegetation.
We ended our walk with a short diversion to climb Hen Cloud. The views were mfantastic looking over the Staffordshire plain and we could see as far as the Wrekin in Shropshire.
After all the exersion we were ready for a cream tea at " The Roaches Tea Rooms"
A super day out in the sunshine.
Only 8 miles but it felt like more.