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The Roaches, 18 May 2014

Author: Andrew Williamson

Trip Summary

In the midst of a term filled for many with the stress of exams or thesis write-up, a group of Cambridge hillwalkers found an oasis of calm in the White Peak area of the Peak District. The Club hadn't visited the Roaches since Easter 2010, so was certainly overdue for a return. And we could not have hoped for a better day for it — clear blue skies and slightly cooler temperatures than the forecasts (>20C) had predicted, with minimal wind. Most people chose circular walks from the Five Clouds car park, involving easy scrambling on the rocks of the Roaches, and many visited Lud's Church, created by a large landslip. The ice-cream van atop the rocky escarpment saw more than a few members of CUHWC over the day, too! One longer linear walking group headed for Buxton over the wild Axe Edge, before catching the bus back in time to join the others for a swift pint in Upper Hulme and return to Cambridge. The trip was a thoroughly enjoyed one, highlighting the importance of running day trips during Easter Term, when many people would find it difficult to escape the Cambridge Bubble for a full-blown weekend trip, but appreciate having the opportunity to do so for a day, and can return feeling all the more refreshed.

Trip Participants

Thomas L (Trip Leader), Andrew W (Trip Safety Officer), Marcus T, David H, Tom A, Valerie A, Philip W, Jade C, Ben M, Charlotte Z, Helen P, Steven W, Eleri C, Matthew C, Teresa K and Maciej S.


Click on the people's names below to follow a link to their complete photo albums.

Scrambling on the Roaches (Philip W)

Marcus admires the view from Hen Cloud (Andrew W)

The River Dane, close to Three Shire Heads (David H)