The Roaches - Peak District Walk

Friday 28th April 2006

The weather was so warm today that I walked in a t-shirt all day, a first for this year. This was the first time I had visited this part of the Peak District so, with the exception of climbing Hen Cloud, I stuck to the route in my book. There were so many rocky outcrops on my approach to the Roaches that I suspect I shall be returning soon to make the most of the new Access Land that means that they are now accessible.

Start: Gradbcah car park (SJ 9991 6631)

Route: Gradbach car park - Sniddles Head Farm - Goldsitch Moss - Hazel Barrow - Hen Cloud - The Roaches (TP) - Gradbach Wood - Gradbach car park

Distance: 7.5 miles     Ascent: 489 metres      Time Taken: 4 hrs 50 mins

Weather: Warm, with high cloud disappearing as the day progressed.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>


Towards Three Shire Heads

From Gradbach Hill I can see 3 counties as out of sight and slightly to the right of the valley ahead of me
is Three Shire Heads. The hill to the right is Turn Edge with Cut-Thorn Hill behind it.

Gibb Tor Rocks

Gibb Tor Rocks from Goldsitch Moss, one of many areas that are newly accessible to walkers.

Bald Stone

Bald Stone across Hazel Barrow.

Hen Cloud

Hen Cloud, the summit of which was to be my lunch spot.

Ramshaw Rocks

Ramshaw Rocks which are now accessible to walkers.

Tittesworth Reservoir

Tittesworth Reservoir from Hen Cloud.

The Roaches

The Roaches from Hen Cloud.


A close up on Rockhall.

The Roaches

Looking back along the ridge with Hen Cloud behind.

Doxey Pool

Doxey Pool.

The Roaches

From Doxey Pool, looking along The Roaches towards the trig point.

The Roaches Trig

Approaching the trig point on The Roaches, with Shutlingsloe clearly visible across Wildboarclough.

Shining Tor

From the trig point, Shining Tor is the high point on the horizon.


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