Tuesday 16th March 2010
I haven't visited this area for over a year and as I have hardly been out walking over the last 4 months I wasn't sure how far I could manage. I planned a route that meant I could explore a new part of this area and also cut the walk short if I felt too unfit. Naturally when I reached the point where I needed to deicide if I was carrying on or not the lure of the climb to the top of the Roaches was too much to resist. My lack of walking was certainly telling by the time I reached the other end of the Roaches and for once I was quite grateful that I was going to be walking on the road for a good part of the rest of the walk.
Start: Gradbach car park (SK 1702 7065)
Route: Gradbach car park - Dane Valley Way - Danebridge - Hanging Stone - Back Forest - The Roaches (TP)
- Shawside - Roach End - Gradbach Wood - Gradbach car park
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 622 metres Time Taken: 6 hours 10 minutes
Terrain: Good paths.
Weather: Warm and sunny.
Pub visited: None Ale Drunk: None
Crossing the Dane as I enter Forest Wood.
Following the Dane Valley Way through the wood.
Emerging from the wood this hill came into
view. Anyone know its name?
I assume this is the bridge that gave Danebridge its name.
Heading towards the Hanging Stone.
The Hanging Stone. It actually has two
signs on it
Looking across towards The Cloud. It's the
first time I've
Looking in the opposite direction, towards Shutlingsloe.
Looking back to Back Forest. It's at this point
that I needed to make a decision,
Views across to the moors with, hopefully,
the last of the
The lack of walking was telling as I
The summit trig.
Looking across Five Clouds to Tittesworth Reservoir.
Hen Cloud at the end of the Roaches.
Climbers on the rocks at the southern end of the Roaches.
One of the Ranger Service benches. I'd
been eyeing up a seat on the bench but
Hen Cloud. Not on the route today.
Gradbach Hill as I walk along the very quiet road back to Roach End.
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