Last Sunday I was back at The Roaches with Crosby Rambling Club. This time I took it easy and did the B walk, a steady 8 miles.
From the visitors centre at Tittesworth Reservoir we walked across field towards Windygates and The Roaches on the skyline. We climbed up through the rocks and the trees to gain the ridge where we felt the full force of the wind.
We could look down on Tittesworth Reservoir where we had started our walk but we could also see the rain moving in.
After a very short lunch stop we set off along the ridge. By now the rain was coming at us horizontally. Everything was grey. The only splashes of colour was from our waterproofs.
Over the past few days we have had lots of rain and the conditions were even worse than last week.
It had been my intention to take lots of pictures of the gritstone rock formations but after a couple of attempts I decided to put my camera away and keep it warm and dry.
We descended to Roach End where there was an ice cream van. Strangely there was no queue of customers. The B walk was not taking in Lud’s Church, so we headed south across muddy fields.
At Meadows Farm we joined a track and the going became easier.
We were back at ‘The Lazy Trout’ by 3 pm and looking forward to a relaxing pint. However the pub was packed with people having Sunday lunch and we would have looked out of place in our muddy boots and waterproofs. Instead we went back to the coach to get changed and then on to the visitors centre for ‘A pot of tea’ and a scone.