The Roaches, England


On August 9th, 2016; I hiked the Roaches in England.   The Roaches are located between Leek, in Staffordshire, and Buxton, Derbyshire.

The Roaches area map in Northern England.

     Below, my selfie is of, “The Roaches”. The Roaches form a gritstone escarpment of unusually shaped rocks that mark the southwestern border of the Peak-District National Park.

“The Roaches” England 2016

     “The Roaches” consist of two jagged ridges—a Lower and Upper Tier—connected by a set of rock-steps.

The Upper Tier of “The Roaches”, looking northeast.

     “The Roaches” were created 350 million years ago when a shallow sea allowed sand and grit to build up over a coral reef that once covered this area. These sediments were compressed over time into solid rocks that are free of faults. 

Lower Tier of “The Roaches”, looking northwest; (note the old remnants of a stone farm house).

          The ice age and thousands of years of weathering have worn the rugged rocks into a fantastic eye-catching assemblage.

Lower Tier of “The Roaches” looking south. Note the ground is covered with “Heather”.  “Heather” requires a great-deal of sunlight or found on the south exposure of the Mountain.

     The Roaches are in a fine position, with superb views of the Cheshire Plain and the Peak District.  The surrounding moorland was some excellent hiking territory.

“The Bridestones” in Cheshire, England; looking north

     Nearby, a few kilometers west of the Roaches, I visited the archeological site of the Bridestones.  The Bridestones is a chambered cairn, near Congleton, Cheshire, England, that was constructed in the Neolithic period about 3500–2400 BC.

“The Bridestones”, looking south

     The cairn originally had a stone circle surrounding it, with four portal stones; two of these portal stones still remain.  These Bridestones represent the burial places of localized early farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments surviving visibly in the present landscape.  The Bridestones appear to have been used for the burial of only certain privileged members of the community, often with only partial human remains selected for interment. It is probable, therefore, that these monuments acted as important ritual sites for local communities over a considerable period of time.

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