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The Roaches
505m (1657ft)

The White Peak Area, The Peak District, Staffordshire, England

The summit of The Roaches is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.


Record The Roaches as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Dewey
173rd highest in England,
399th in England & Wales

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English Trig Point (Pillar)

Walk The Roaches walking UK Mountains in The White Peak Area The Peak District National Park Staffordshire, England

The Roaches Summit

Photo: Geoff Pickering

You can find The Roaches & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Peak District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL24 The Peak District - White Peak area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Map (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

119 Buxton & Matlock, Bakewell & Dove Dale


See The Roaches and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See The Roaches and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Map:


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See the location of The Roaches and all 8 walks that climb it on an interactive Google Map


You can walk to the top of The Roaches by using any of these 8 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk s122 Lud's Church and The Roaches from Roach End

The 'easiest' way to Lud's Church & The Roaches

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 3.25mls (5km)
Ascent:778ft (237m)
Time:2 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 2 Icon (Easy)
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Walk s104 The Roaches from Five Clouds, Upper Hulme

The 'easiest' way to walk The Roaches

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 3.75mls (6km)
Ascent:775ft (236m)
Time:2.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 3 Icon (Easy)
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Walk s178 The Roaches and Hen Cloud from Five Clouds, Upper Hulme

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 4.75ml (7.5km)
Ascent:1,182ft (360m)
Time:3 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 4 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk s131 Lud's Church and The Roaches from Gradbach

Iconic Lud's Church and huge views

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 5mls (8km)
Ascent:1,306ft (398m)
Time:3.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 4 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk s161 The Roaches and Lud's Church from Five Clouds, Upper Hulme

The easiest way to The Roaches and Lud's Church

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 6ml (9.5km)
Ascent:1,234ft (376m)
Time:3½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 4 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk s228 The Roaches and Hen Cloud from Meerbrook

Excellent country walk to huge views

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 8.25ml (13km)
Ascent:1,490ft (454m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 5 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk s221 Gib Tor, The Roaches and Hen Cloud from Upper Hulme

A high moorland walk with fabulous views

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9ml (14.5km)
Ascent:1,795ft (547m)
Time:5 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk s116 The Roaches, Hen Cloud, Meerbrook and Lud's Church from Gradbach

Superb views and an ancient religious site

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11.5mls (18.5km)
Ascent:2,274ft (693m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited The Roaches Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged The Roaches

Ruth Mcfarlane walked up The Roaches during September, 2013 [from/via/route] Leek [with] Will

Wendy Nield climbed The Roaches on May 27th, 2021 [from/via/route] 6.5 mile circular walk from Gradbach Mill car park. [with] Hillbilly Baggers [weather] Cloudy with sunny spells - Saw a Buzzard, House Martins & Skylarks & heard a cuckoo.

Dave Gay bagged The Roaches on July 18th, 2020 [from/via/route] Parked by Paddock Farm, climbed Hen Cloud via the Roaches House then followed the ridge to the trig point on The Roaches. Completed the walk with a trip to Luds Church. [with] Sean H [weather] Wet

Darin Torrance hiked The Roaches on January 12th, 2020 [from/via/route] Visitor Center [weather] Cold wet - Easy walk

Lucy Perchard summited The Roaches on April 1st, 2017 [from/via/route] Starting at Heaton & via Gun on the 20 mile route for the Three Shires Challenge Walk [with] Tony, Mike and Calvin [weather] misty to start (so no view from the top of the Roaches :( wet until Three Shires Head & then sunny spells after that - Will go back as despite the weather the walk was great

Mike Walker has conquered The Roaches [from/via/route] Ladybower Reservoir

Margaret Richards scaled The Roaches on August 26th, 2012 [from/via/route] 26/08: The Edges from The Grouse Inn (White Peak area, 6miles grade 6, with Richard, Verity, Mike & David) [with] Don et al

Louis Smith walked up The Roaches during December, 2016 [from/via/route] unsure of date

Andrew Farrell climbed The Roaches on August 20th, 2016 [from/via/route] Gradbach - Roaches - Flash - 3 Shires Head - Gradbach [with] Susan [weather] Rain..lots of rain

Anna Browning bagged The Roaches on February 15th, 2012 [from/via/route] From the car park [with] Paul Browning and Holly [weather] Cold & clear - A bit nippy, but the views were magnificent. Not too sure of the date so have approximated.

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of The Roaches

In Lud's Church, The Roaches

In Lud's Church, The Roaches

Photo: David Hughes (1)

Snow on The Roaches

Snow on The Roaches

Photo: Richard Nicholls (73)

Hen Cloud and The Roaches from near the Mermaid Pub

Hen Cloud and The Roaches from near the Mermaid Pub

Photo: Lucy Richards (1)

 The Roaches, Hen Cloud and the Staffordshire Moorlands from the Gritstone  Trail on Wincle Minn

The Roaches, Hen Cloud and the Staffordshire Moorlands from the Gritstone Trail on Wincle Minn

Photo: Harry Starkey (40)

The Roaches and Gun (Staffordshire) from the summit of Shutlingsloe

The Roaches and Gun (Staffordshire) from the summit of Shutlingsloe

Photo: Anthony Waldron (1)

The Roaches and Hen Cloud from the lane north of Meerbrook

The Roaches and Hen Cloud from the lane north of Meerbrook

Photo: Mike Walker (27)

Tittesworth Reservoir from The Roaches

Tittesworth Reservoir from The Roaches

Photo: Steve Lowe (6)

Lunch on Hen Cloud the Roaches

Lunch on Hen Cloud the Roaches

Photo: Dave Rees (1)

Snow on The Roaches

Snow on The Roaches

Photo: Richard Nicholls (74)

Shining Tor from The Roaches

Shining Tor from The Roaches

Photo: Steve Lowe (7)

Snow on Tithesworth Reservoir from The Roaches

Snow on Tithesworth Reservoir from The Roaches

Photo: Richard Nicholls (72)

Paul Peng on The Roaches

Paul Peng on The Roaches

Photo: Gary Gornell (1)

On The Roaches

On The Roaches

Photo: Karen Harding (9)

Me and my favourite rock on The Roaches

Me and my favourite rock on The Roaches

Photo: Jo McGawley (3)

Snow on The Roaches

Snow on The Roaches

Photo: Richard Nicholls (66)

The Roaches from Turner's Pool

The Roaches from Turner's Pool

Photo: Mike Walker (32)

Snow on The Roaches

Snow on The Roaches

Photo: Richard Nicholls (69)

The Cheshire Plain from The Roaches

The Cheshire Plain from The Roaches

Photo: Devina Lee (3)

*Snow on The Roaches

*Snow on The Roaches

Photo: Richard Nicholls (71)

R&R's Walking Group on the way up The Roaches

R&R's Walking Group on the way up The Roaches

Photo: Dave Rees (3)


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