4.5 of 5 (2 votes)

The Roaches - a climbing walk

A moderate walk (countryside) in national park Peak District in Staffordshire, England, about 14.00km (8.70 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 360m (1181ft)
Descent 382m (1253ft)
Max. Elevation 470m (1541ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 742m (2434ft)
Start & End
Upper Hulme
Distance 14.00km
Duration ~5:00h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 12 Nov 2013
This route heads along the famous climbing spot, The Roaches. Even if climbing's not your thing, there's fun to be had along the walk and one or two spots to get your hands dirty. Regular buses from Leek to Upper Hulme.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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OS Grid SK014609
Take the bus to Upper Hulme, just north of Leek.
OS Grid SK012609
Past the church, follow the road to the right.
About 0.18 km (~0.11 miles) from
OS Grid SK012616
Just near the small patch of woodland, take the path round the side towards the main crag.
About 0.68 km (~0.42 miles) from
OS Grid SK007619
Past Well Farm, a path leads towards The Roaches.
About 0.61 km (~0.38 miles) from
OS Grid SK004627
A path leads across the top of the crag.
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid SJ995644
Cross the road at Roach End and enter the field through a stone stile.
About 1.86 km (~1.16 miles) from
OS Grid SJ990657
A pleasant woodland walk takes you towards Gradbach. Follow the finger posts to the chasm.
About 1.40 km (~0.87 miles) from
OS Grid SJ987656
Take care passing through the stone chasm and exit on the west side.
About 0.35 km (~0.22 miles) from
OS Grid SJ977654
Follow the contours of the land, before heading back to Roach End.
About 1.00 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid SJ986642
At Roach End you can retrace your route along the crag, or head to Clough Head.
About 1.55 km (~0.96 miles) from
OS Grid SJ990627
Follow the footpath to Greenhouse.
About 1.50 km (~0.93 miles) from
OS Grid SJ998623
Continue to Pheasant's Clough, then head to the road.
About 0.91 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid SK006620
Return to the southern edge of The Roaches. There is a tearoom here, but check opening times: www.roachestearooms.co.uk/
About 0.81 km (~0.5 miles) from
OS Grid SK011618
Retrace your steps back to Upper Hulme.
About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from
OS Grid SK013608
Finish at the Three Horseshoes Inn for the bus back.
About 1.07 km (~0.66 miles) from

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