About 8 miles, with about 1000 feet of ascent, to a high point of around 1657 feet (505 meters).
When we woke up on Saturday morning there was plenty of snow on the ground, and the moon was playing hide and seek through the mist. After breakfast the mist had gone, and there was a hint of sunshine.
We were staying at Anroach Farm, and set off along the drive/track, then turned right along a boggy footpath.
|Clouds mimicking the shape of the rocks|
|A hardy horse|
|Across the boggy path|
From the rocks we followed the road west to a junction where we took the track to Moss End farm. Just before the farm our path branches off to the left going downhill between two walls. It was very muddy - not great! When we reached the valley we found the footpath sign "To Roach End" - but still the conditions were not easy.
|Onwards and upwards|
Plenty of people up here on such a fine day to be out. There's parking space at the other end.
|Up on the ridge is Doxey Pool - I was not tempted to dip my feet in today!|
|Looking down southwards|
|From the southern end of the Roaches|
Once on the path the way down to the road was straightforward. There is a tea room about half a mile towards Upper Hulme but we didn't visit it today.
|Hen Cloud - to the south of the Roaches|
The terrain was rough, and boggy in places, but I have rarely met a patch as boggy and impossible to avoid as the last few yards before we reached the road at Gib Tor Farm.
Luckily it was less than a mile back to base from there, but it has taken two days for my boots to dry out! I'd do it all again, but would take spare socks next time.