The Roaches

The Roaches Summit Triangulation Pillar
The Roaches Summit Triangulation Pillar

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Peak District, Staffordshire, The Roaches, Triangulation Point

A Few Facts About The Roaches

Location -
The Roaches where Buzzards fly and Wallabies still roam. The Roaches (or Roches) is a wind-carved outcrop of gritstone rocks straddling the parishes of Leekfrith and Heathylee in the Peak District National Park about 4 miles north of Leek, Staffordshire and 8 miles south of Buxton, Derbyshire. The name Roaches has evolved recently from 'Roches' as the area used to be known only 100 years (or less) ago. 'Roches' is the french word for rocks. The Roaches are particularly popular with climbers because of the diversity of the climbing routes there.

Wallabies In The Area -
For many years, from the 1930's to the early 2000s, a fairly large group of Wallabies roamed the Roaches. Apparently there is only one is left now. They were released from a private zoo. 3 Yaks were also released at the same time but they died out in the 1950's.

Summit -
The summit of The Roaches has a Triangulation Point and stands at 505 metres (1,657 feet). The Roaches is classified as a Dewey, a HuMP and is also a Peak District Hill. The views from the summit are absolutely fantastic.
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Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Dewey, HuMP, Peak District Hill, White Peak

Hill / Mountain Details