(Hi)ke 03: The Roaches
Ohhhhh yeahhhhh, It's that time again!
The Roaches in Staffordshire will be the destination for (Hi)ke 03. A diverse area of woodland, farmland and rocky escarpments.
The walk itself will be eleven kilometres (seven miles), estimated to take four to five hours. It's pretty easy going, just a good distance. There is a short climb to the ridge but after that the ground levels out.
From the top we'll head toward the highest point before descending into the woodland of (I kid you not) Forest Wood. Nestled in there amongst the trees is Lud's Church. An eighteen metre deep, one hundred metre long chasm. Its lush vigitation and cool, damp atmosphere make it feel like a scene from Jurassic Park. As you can imagine its quite boggy around there after rain.
After that the route takes us on a different path back the way we came. Allowing us to take in the views we turned our backs on at the start.
The meeting place is Roach Road(LINK) at 10am, ready to leave at 10.30am. The parking is road side and clearly marked.
If it hasn't forecast good weather for our time frame then the route can be shortened. Possibly driving from one site to another...? This decision I will make closer to the date, or we can decide on the day. I will keep everyone informed.
Please bring along the following:
- A sturdy pair of walking boots/shoes.
- A waterproof jacket, perhaps trousers too, if you have them.
- Enough water and snacks to sustain yourself.
- A Change of clothes is always a good idea. It's only getting muddier at the moment.
- A sense of adventure and a smile.
As always, if you're planning to attend or have any questions please fill out the form below.
See you on the hill.