The Roaches from Hen Cloud.
Bird spotting from the steps upto the ridge on the Roaches.
At the trig point on the Roaches.
Lunch in the woods.
The path leading into the Black Brook Valley.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.8 mi;es. Climb:1614'.
Time: 5 hours 34 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walking average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Dave J, Mike D and Celia.
We arrived at the base of the Roaches and He Cloud to find them clouded in mist, and we set off optimistically hoping that it would clear by the time we reached the ridge. Thankfully the day got better and better and along the ride we were accompanied by a pleasantly cooling breeze.
Today we discovered a new route to the ridge via set of steps near Rockhall. a new return route enabled us to explore the Black Brook Valley, a location that we hadn't realised existed!
As ever the stroll along the top of the Roaches to the end of the ridge is delightful and the cleft known as Lud's Church nevere ceases to amaze me.
Birds seen or heard today included: Jakdaw, Kestrel, Raven, Red grouse, Meadow pipit, Long-tailed tit, Winter wren, Blackbird and Great tit.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Wilkes Head in Leek, where Hartington Bitter went down with the men in the group.