The Roaches

Thursday 14th June

Thursday 14th June sees the first of our middle distance walks, at just under 10 miles in length.

The Roaches is a prominent rocky ridge above Leek and Tittesworth Reservoir in the Peak District of England. The walk includes some ridge walking, riverside valley walking, quiet country lanes and a brewery! Hopefully the ground will remain dry as some of the riverside paths are usually very wet and muddy.

We start in Wincle which is right on the Cheshire/ Staffordshire border between Congleton and Buxton. Navigate to SK11 0QE, which is the postcode for the Wincle Micro Brewery, and park on the causeway immediately past the brewery and trout farm turning. Travel time to the start of the walk (Wincle) is 40 minutes from Knutsford (20 miles.)

Although the walk is on the stiffish side of moderate it is well worth the effort as there are amazing views from the ridge, lush pathways along the River Dane and the very eerie Luds Church – a natural chasm used by early religious reformers, or even possibly the site described as the setting of the medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which I’m sure you’re familiar with. There is no café en route so be sure to bring a butty and plenty of water.


  • Walk distance: Just under 10 miles.
  • Difficulty: ‘On the stiffish side of moderate’