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An afternoon at The Roaches

March 3, 2016

The Roaches

The Roaches

A couple of weeks ago, after my morning lecture finished, I realised that I had nothing planned and could do anything I wanted, and spent the afternoon at The Roaches.

Sometimes I get this need that just builds up and up and up, until it boils over, to spend some time on my own outside. If you’ve ever got the ‘urge’ to get a piercing or a tattoo – it’s that exact same feeling, but to be outside. I’m not the kind of person who likes to always been on their own, but I find being on my own outside really energising. It’s difficult to put into words, but I think Cat from Oddly Lovely did a great job of describing it in a recent post called “I Am a Loner”.

With the realisation that “anywhere” would have to be about an hour’s drive away, I quickly settled upon The Roaches on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Peak District. I always forget how beautiful it is up there – the sun was shining and I wished I’d got a dash cam so I could have captured some footage of how breathtaking it was.

The RoachesThe Roaches

Since it was the middle of the day on a Thursday, it was silent up there. It was like I had the whole place to myself; I saw a couple of rock climbers and a small group of walkers, and that was it. It was me, my camera, and some music.

Abandoned house, The RoachesInside an abandoned house, The RoachesView from an abandoned house, The Roaches

Could you imagine what it must have been like to live in this house? How wonderful the view out the front door must have been every morning.

View over Tittesworth Reservoir from The RoachesView from The RoachesThe Roaches

I climbed up two parts of the Roaches, and enjoyed my lunch perched on the edge with my sandwiches, a flask, and a good book. The cold wind up there was certainly refreshing.

When it got back, I decided to do some research into The Roaches and discovered that they’re are a couple of strange stories about goings on up there.

The Roaches

The first is that their was (and may still be) a small colony of wallabies roaming around after they were released from a private collection in the 30s.

The second is that a mermaid allegedly lives in Doxey Pool (which I want to go and find because it looks beautiful). She supposedly fell in one day while out walking, and spends her afterlife trying to drag other people in to join her. I suspect she’s not trying to drag them in for a tea party either.

It was so nice to get away from everything and I returned home with my boots covered in mud and my mind clear and energised.

Do you like spending time on your own?

Peak District, Photography

Found photos – The Roaches & Tittesworth Reservoir

August 10, 2014
The Roaches

I took these pictures about a year ago and ended up ‘losing’ them. When I got Adobe Lightroom and plugged my memory card in they reappeared! Turns out I’d taken them in RAW and until recently had no way to look at RAW files. Duh. 

I’m so happy I found these because it was a beautiful day and there were some nice pictures of our silly dogs. 

The Roaches are is a rocky ridge overlooking Tittesworth Reservoir in the Peak District. It’s a popular walking and climbing spot, especially in the summer. 

The first half of this post is pictures from The Roaches and around there and the second part is photos from Tittesworth Reservoir. 

I really like this photo. It almost feels as if I can walk through it, sit under that tree and eat a picnic while looking down at the reservoir. 


 

  
Tittesworth Reservoir is a lovely place to spend the day out, especially if you’ve got kids – there’s a visitors centre, a BBQ area and you can take the dogs for a swim. 


We daren’t let either of our dogs off because there were dogs paddling on the opposite bank and we didn’t know whether Dylan would swim off after them. 

If you look carefully at the right hand side of the below image, you’ll see that Dylan was staring at Bert and Tom who’d walked ahead.