The Roaches 21st July 2019

Apologies for the delay - occupied elsewhere!

Dramatic Gritstone Edges; patchworks of lush green fields and gently wooded river valleys - it was all ours to enjoy on our visit to the Roaches - once again blessed with fine warm weather and a gentle breeze on the tops to cool us down.

The Oldhams and Stuart and Ele's group both had strenuous walks planned.  The Oldhams were off the coach first to go along the Macclesfield Canal and to the summit of the Cloud with its amazing views.  
Then on the Staffordshire Way to Meersbrook and Staffordshire Moorlands Walks into Leek.  Stuart's walk went from Rushton Spencer up to Danesbridge, Hangingstone, Lud's Church, Roaches Ridge and Hen Cloud and then via the Tittesworth reservoir and Staffordshire Moorlands Walks back into Leek.
Marcia and Mike's group and Geoff's group both followed similar routes and throughout the day kept "falling over" one another.  Not literally!  After following the Danesway from Rushton Spencer, they convened at the Micro Brewery at Danesbridge for a celebratory pint.  Then on to Hangingstone - a dramatic rock just asking for posed photos! 
Geoff's group did Lud's Church; Martin showed Marcia and Mike's group the rock cottages, accessed by a steep stone staircase with views of climbers on the crags.  Martin kindly gave us a mini lecture on the cottages (we were so pleased to have an expert in our midst) and then it was a short descent before climbing to the top of Hen Cloud.  A maze of paths and lanes brought both groups to the Three Horseshoes Inn - a delightful hostelry - and from where we were picked up by the coach.
Paul Cutner chose a different route which involved the Staffordshire Way above Rutland Reservoir, followed by  a circuit of Tittesworth Reservoir before the group made their way into Leek.
Paul Lovelady did a private walk - getting off at Rushton Spencer and using paths round the reservoirs back into Leek.
A perfect drive home by Mark; a good day was had by all.
Thank you Marcia

An excellent set of photos from Stuart, Marcia, Mike, Rick and Geoff. They are largely of the same area so they are not precisely sorted.
To open the album click herehere

I am sorry I have had to change the name of the Blog. 
Google have developed a new format and the former programme no longer operates. 
The original Blog still opens and the photo Albums remain available, but it will not accept any further entries.  I am not quite sure where I am going yet, but  will continue to blunder on!

Next Walk:

Sunday 4th August 2019 - Langdale
5.30 p.m. departure

Northbound to Preston, M6 north to junction 36, A590/A591 through Windermere to Ambleside, A593 to Skelwith Bridge, B5343 to Langdale.  Park near the New Dungeon Ghyll hotel.  Morning coffee stop at Burton services.

Sunday 18th August 2019 – Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes
5.30 p.m. departure

Northbound to Preston, on to the M65, M65 eastbound to junction 7, via A6185/A678 to the A680, A671 to roundabout N of Whalley, A59 to Gisburn, A682/A65/B6480/B6479 to Settle, B6479 through Horton in Ribblesdale, B6255 to Hawes. Park in Hawes. Morning coffee stop at Darwen services, M65.

Sunday 1st September 2019 - Glenridding
5.30 p.m. departure

Northbound to Preston, M6 north to junction 36, A590/A591 to Windermere, A592 over the Kirkstone Pass to Glenridding. Park in Glenridding. Morning coffee stop at Burton services.


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