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Camping near the Roaches in the Peak District

Lud's ChurchTaking advantage of the fine weather last weekend, we had an impromptu camping trip to the Roaches in the Peak District near Leek, Staffordshire. The Roaches are a grit stone ridge on the high ground south of Buxton and are great for single pitch trad climbing and bouldering. There's a few multi-pitch routes on nearby Hen Cloud too.

Our trad climbing skills are a bit rusty and the bouldering mat wouldn't fit in the car with all the camping gear and passengers, so we entertained ourselves with a walk along the Roaches down to natural chasm Lud's Church followed by an evening BBQing in the sun.

The campsite itself is pretty basic. It's just a field beneath Hen Cloud with a rustic toilet block and tap in the farm 200 metres down the road in Upper Hulme, a hamlet between Buxton and Leek on the A53 - see the map below. I'm a big fan of basic though and the field gets sun throughout the day, which is important IMHO. The Roaches Tearoom is next to the field and the Rock Inn is <10 mins walk away, so basic though the campsite is, there's always a fry-up, pub food, or a pint readily available.

Long Shadows from the Roaches

Tittesworth Reservoir is also close to the Roaches and has a visitor centre, BBQ points, and water-sports equipment. We headed down there on the Sunday and hired open-top unsinkable kayaks for a mess around on the water. The marked area that you're supposed to stay within isn't all that exciting, but we made our own fun by rafting up, using attempting capsize each other, and generally using the boats in unintended ways.

All in all, a very fun 24-hour trip.

Map of climbing area and campsite at the Roaches

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