Want to know the weather on the Roaches? click here This weather station is about 2.5miles from the Roaches
Want to know what you are looking at from the Roaches? From Long Mynd to Shutlingsloe. check this website. click here You'll need to click the magnifying glass to get good images.
HEADLINES -updated 23 Sept 2014 SITE updated 6 Jan 2015
THE WALLABIES HAVEN'T ALL GONE! DAN WILLIS SAW ONE NEAR LUD CHURCH ON 22 SEPT 2014 click
Some legends have been added to the "Things of Interest" page. These have been sent to me by Sara Pye a volunteer ranger on the Roches who stars in Countryfile on Aug 31st click
The Roaches where Buzzards fly and Wallabies still roam. The Roaches (or Roches) is a wind-carved outcrop of gritstone rocks straddling the parishes of Leekfrith and Heathylee in the Peak District National Park about 4 miles north of Leek, Staffordshire and 8 miles south of Buxton, Derbyshire. See Google Earth image
The name Roaches has evolved recently from 'Roches' as the area used to be known only 100 years (or less) ago. 'Roches' is the french word for rocks.
To get to the Roaches take the A53 road from Leek, Staffordshire towards Buxton. After about 4 miles and about half a mile past the Three Horseshoes pub take a left turn signposted Upper Hulme. After a hundred metres take the left fork. Follow this road for about one and a half miles. Park in the lay-byes - you can not miss the Roaches! Using Satnav use postcode ST13 8UB. To avoid a ticket make sure you park as signed!
The only two centres of a sparse population are the Villages of Meerbrook and Upper Hulme. Facilities include a tea room, a village hall, holiday cottages, furniture maker, vehicle repair and a visitor centre.
The Roaches area includes Hen Cloud, so named because with a little imagination it looks like a roosting hen. The name could also have been derived from the Anglo -Saxon 'Henge Clud' meaning steep cliff. Also Ramshaw Rocks which includes the weird rock formation called the Winking Man.
For many years, from the 1930's to the early 2000s, a fairly large group of Wallabies roamed the Roaches. We believed the last died 2011/12 but there has been a new sighting in 2014. They had been released from a private zoo. 3 Yaks were also released at the same time but they died out in the 1950's. I am trying to build up a library of memories of the Wallabies and Yaks. See the Wallabies page.
The Roaches website has received an email from Dr Derek Yalden who has been studying the wallabies on the Roaches for 40 years.
To see his potted history of the wallabies click here. This is well worth reading.
Dr Derek Yalden, an emminent zoologist, died on Feb 5th 2013. RIP Dr Yalden
The last photo confirmed sighting of a Wallaby was by David Hobson of Buxton at Hanging Stone on August 2nd 2009 and Kate Cooper and family saw another at Wetton mill See photo and short videos on Wallabies page