The Roaches

Matt Lynch
Article By: Matt Lynch
3 months ago
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The Roaches are located in Staffordshire county of the Peak District. They are a spine of rock that erupts from the valley and are a fantastic spot for scramblers, walkers, and rock climbers. It's a 505-metre escarpment that juts from the valley like the back of a stegosaurus. The ridge links to Ramshaw Rocks and Hen Cloud to form a magnificent gritstone escarpment. It rises above the nearby market town of Leek and the Tittesworth Reservoir. Today, The Roaches form a Nature Reserve that is maintained by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. It's the site of special habitats such as blanket bog and upland moorland. Many specialist birds over-winter on The Roaches or use it as a breeding ground. Species such as curlew, red grouse, and tree pipit. The Roaches are in the centre of a triangle between Leek, Buxton, and Macclesfield, which makes it an easily accessible area. Settled amongst the tips of The Roaches are the mysterious still waters of Doxey Pool. It’s a feature that has conjured up many magical tales and myths. The most common story suggests there is a malevolent mermaid called Jenny Greenteeth that lives in its depths. Others claim it is a bottomless void that goes down and down, disappearing into murky blackness.
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