The Roaches is a Peak District Gem, situated in Staffordshire overlooking Leek and Tittesworth Reservoir. With its neighbouring Hen Cloud and Ramshaw Rocks, the gritstone escarpment stretches for several miles, and at a height of 505 metres (1,657 ft) the views of the Staffordshire and Cheshire Plain stretches as far as the eyes can see, especially on a clear day when you can even see Snowdon in Wales and Winter Hill in Lancashire.
It is easy to see why it is popular with hikers, rock climbers, runners and photographers which is why it gets very busy at weekends.
At the bottom of the gritstone edge, there is a small woodland with a couple of pathways taking you to the top, with varying degrees of difficulty!
Doxey Pool lies at the top of The Roaches and there is a legend that it is inhabited by Jenny Greenteeth, a mermaid known as the blue nymph who is believed to have fallen into the pool on a foggy day and it is here where she waits for her next unsuspecting victim!
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