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The Roaches is the name of a gritstone crag located in the Peak District about halfway between Leek and Buxton in Staffordshire, England. There is a long history of rock climbing there, and the rock is known as some of the roughest grit going.

Classic routes such as Valkyrie and Sloth might have a queue during spells of good weather, but there is a lot of less busy rock nearby, including Ramshaw Rocks, Hen Cloud and the Five Clouds There is masses of bouldering potential here, so bring your crash mat

If you are driving into the area then parking can be difficult if everyone has had the same idea that weekend. There is also a campsite nearby. Facilities are basic, just a tap in a field and only a quid a night last time I looked. Breakfast available at the Roaches Tea Room over the road and . Night-time activities include decent pub food at the Rock Inn, and even a pool table.


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