The Roaches

Elevation (feet): 1,657
Elevation (meters): 505
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Range/Region: Pennine Chain
Latitude: 53.171389
Longitude: -2
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Nearest major airport: Manchester
Convenient Center: Leek

Thanks to Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

The Roaches, with Hen Cloud and Ramshaw Rocks, form a gritstone escarpment which marks the south-western edge of the Peak. Best viewed from the approach along the Leek road, they stand as a line of silent sentinels guarding the entrance to the Peak District, worn into fantastic shapes by the elements.

The whole area is a favourite place with walkers and rock-climbers, and the edges provide some of the best gritstone climbing in the country, with famous classic routes such as Valkyrie, the Sloth and The Swan. In some ways the area has become a victim of its own popularity for the area is very busy at weekends