The Roaches is two outcrops of gritstone between Buxton in Derbyshire and Leek in Staffordshire, it’s stunning and I really recommend you go and explore. I have only recently started to visit the Roaches having driven past on numerous occasions and I absolutely love it.
I do need to tell you, it is not for:
- Small children
- Crazy dogs who jump off ledges
- Dogs that chase sheep off ledges
- Anyone who is not confident walking, climbing steep hills or frightened of heights.
It is for:
- Adrenaline junkies
- Explorers and those of us looking to see breath taking views and have a love of nature
- Wallabies,released from a local zoo in the 30’s, but sadly no longer there
- Peregrine falcons, now nesting.
From Buxton on the A53 I recommend taking the turning right for Upper Hulme and driving until you see a lay by close to the Peregrine falcon viewing point.
Continue to woodland with smaller rock faces ideal for less experienced climbers to practice, (they’re not mattresses everywhere, they’re crash mats) ideal for having picnics and for children to play and have an adventure at the base of the rocks.
Keep walking, keeping head higher through the trees and you’ll soon see paths up through the rocks.
And climb and climb up and through the rocks, ropes are optional, steps are provided and I recommend you take plenty of water!
Reaching the top your view is out of this world, across to Leek to the left of Tittersworth Reservoir, turning clockwise towards Cheshire and continuing round to Derbyshire.
If you dare there is a seat carved into the rock on the edge of the upper tier over hanging a vast drop with an inscription dedicated to the visit of the Prince and Princess of Teck.
The haunting tale of Jenny Greenteeth, or the Blue Nymph of Doxey Pool, originates from the story of a woman who was walking across the Roaches on a foggy day, she fell in the pond and became a mermaid known as Jenny Greenteeth. From that day any man who walked past she would grabb them and drag them down to their untimely death in the bottomless pool. Today she curses any dog who dares jump in and covers them with thick brown goo never to be washed off again!
Continuing onwards past Doxey’s Pool can take you further along the tops of the rocks back towards Buxton or turn as I did and headed back to the bottom along the back of the rocks.
I have been lucky each time I have been here and the ice cream van has been there in the lay by to meet me with the most delicious and creamy ice cream. Happy days – a well deserved treat.
For sat navs follow postcode ST13 8UA for a closest destination.
Map Reference : SK 005 621