Saturday, 1 July 2000

The Roaches

The Roaches ridge
Height: 505m (1,657ft)
Prominence: 123m (404ft)
Region: Peak District
Classifications: HuMP, Dewey
Summit feature: Tall columnar cairn
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
The Roaches & Lud's Church - 12/12/2012
An OS pillar marks the summit
The Roaches (from the French les roches - the rocks) is a prominent rocky ridge situated above Leek and Tittesworth Reservoir. The ridge with its spectacular rock formations rises steeply to 505 m (1,657 ft). Along with Ramshaw Rocks and Hen Cloud they form a gritstone escarpment, which is very popular with hikers and rock climbers.

The Roaches are the most prominent part of a curving ridge which extends for several miles from Hen Cloud in the south to Back Forest and Hangingstone in the northwest. At the top there is a small pool called Doxey Pool that is, according to legend, inhabited by a water spirit. Nearby are the broad hills of Gun and Morridge.

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