The Roaches

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18/01/2012 at 22:45

Hi all, just a few photos from the end of a walk from the other day, these were from on the Roaches, Derbyshire. (Edit - did I say Derbyshire? I mean Staffordshire, bottom of the Peak District  )

full gallery can be found here The Roaches Walk



Edited: 18/01/2012 at 23:05
18/01/2012 at 22:56
Lovely pics, Mart. But the Roaches are in Staffordshire, not Derbyshire
18/01/2012 at 23:07
Oops, I stand corrected Milly
18/01/2012 at 23:16
In that part of the Country anything east on the Dane is in Staffordshire west of the Dane is in Cheshire.  Derbyshire only gets a mention when you go further up the Dane Valley as far as Three Shire Heads where Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire all meet.
18/01/2012 at 23:30

Ahh, thanks AShley, we started out from Ramshaw rocks, headed down into the Dane valley, following the river for a while, then up to The Hanging Rock, Luds Church, the Roaches and (Hen Cloud - Hen Cloud and the rest of the walk back to the car was in the dark.  ) so we were in Staffordshire the whole time by the sound of it then.

19/01/2012 at 00:04
Mart based on what you say I think you were in Staffordshire all the time as you were always east of the Dane so within Staffordshire for the duration.  If you venture further east from Axe Edge then the Dove, which rises on Axe Edge forms the boundry between Staffordshire and Derbyshire for its total length until it joins the River Trent.  West of the Dove is Staffordshire and East of the Dove is Derbyshire.  In this part of the world the Dove also formed the boundary between two Saxon kingdoms.  Staffordshire being on the west bank of the Dove was part of the kingdom of Mercia while Derbyshire was part of another Saxon kingdom ( not sure which one).  Cheshire was also part of Mercia.  Another geographical fact of this area is that it sits on the main Pennine Watershead.  The Dane and the Goyt flow into the River Mersey which in turn flows into the Irish Sea.  The Dove, the Manifold and the Churnet, flow into the River Trent which via the Humber Estuary flows into the North Sea.  This means that depending where a drop of rain falls on Axe Edge it can either end up in the Irish Sea or the North Sea!.
19/01/2012 at 09:17
Fantastic, I'm going up there at the end of the month. Can't wait.
19/01/2012 at 19:17
Wow, what super photography!
19/01/2012 at 19:57

I particularly liked the top one - the thumbnail didn't do it much justice though.

It's surprisingly wild round there, considering that it not actually that remote.

19/01/2012 at 22:00
Flash is the highest Village in England and The Cat and Fiddle Pub is the second highest after the Tan Hill Inn so its more "wild" than you might expect.  Check out the webcam at for a "snapshot" of the area.  I think it must do the highest Bacon Butties in the UK!.  Not all the "wild" bits of the Peak District are in the Dark Peak.  Also all the main roads in the area that link Buxton with Leek, Macclesfield and Ashbourne are served by Public Transport (Bus).  The Cat and Fiddle has its very own Bus Stop which gives great options for both Axe Edge and Shining Tor/Goyt Valley.  
19/01/2012 at 22:13

Allegedly it's called Flash due to the counterfeit (flash) money that the local women made using button presses in years gone by, dodging the law by skipping across county boundaries at Three Shires Head. The proper name for the village was Quarnford, but everyone calls it Flash.

That many of my ancestors are buried in the churchyard there may come as no surprise to a few who know me

19/01/2012 at 22:42

Fascinating factoids there Milly. I went once to the pub in Flash, it was like being in someone's living room. Very friendly.

Try the "Stanley Arms Hotel" in Wildboarclough for excellent food (and well kept ales).

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