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Walk 5

Circular walk from Roaches gate to Five Clouds Quarries, Docksey Pool, Roaches highest point, Shawside and return between Hen Cloud and the Roaches. A short detour to the Bawdstone can be included


Total time about 2hr 30mins - about 4miles.

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Directions to Roaches gate
Take the A53 Buxton Road from Leek. After about 3 miles you'll pass the Three Horse Shoes Inn on your left. Continue for about another 0.5 miles until you start to climb a steep hill, take the left turn signposted Upperhulme. After about 100metres take left fork. If you reach the Rock Inn you've gone too far. Follow the road through Upper Hulme with the waterfall on your right. Keep to the road as it twists through the factory units for about 1.5miles until you come to lay-bys on your right. Continue round the bend until you come to a bus stop. This is Roaches Gate. There is parking for about 50 cars.

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1.Start the walk by going through the gate and taking the path to the left.
Quarry path

2.Continue along the path for about 5-10mins to a fork, turn right up the steps. Around here are the Five Clouds quarries. Many of the houses in the area were built of the stone from these quarries. Windygates Hall farm is dated from 1634 so these quarries are old. There are a couple of derelict buildings in one of the quarries.
quarry path fork quarry steps

quarry building2 quarry building1
3.At the top of the steps continue forward across the plateau towards a gate-hole in the wall surrounding the wood. Then continue straight forward until after about 5 mins you reach the steps to the top of the ridge.

gate hole steps to ridge top of steps
4.At the top of the steps turn left along the ridge. It has taken about 25 mins to this point.

roach ridge
5.Continue along the ridge for about 10 mins, (there are weird rock formations and dramatic views here) until you reach Docksey pool. This is supposed to be bottomless and connected by underground channels to Mermaid pool near the Mermaid pub about 3 miles away to the south. It is also the highest pool in the Peak district.

docksey pool 1 docksey pool 2
6. Keep going along the ridge. Take note after about 7 mins of a break in a wall to the right. This is the path down you will take after you have visited the Trig point.
rock on ridge down path
7.Carry on along the ridge for about 15 mins until you arrive at the Trig point. To the west are Bosley cloud and Mow Cop. To the north Shuttlingslowe and to the east Axe Edge.
trig point
8. Return the way you have come for about 15mins. To your left you will see a rock balanced on two others about 20 yards from the main path. When you are opposite this rock the path forks with 6 steps going up to your right, take the fork to your left down with the balancing rock to your left.
balancing rock path down
9. Continue down the path through the heather and bilberries for about 10-15 mins until you reach the road. (The paths from now on can be a bit wet in rainy weather but nothing normal walking boots can't cope with.) Close to the bottom there is a rotting wooden hide which was used for grouse shooting. There could still be the odd grouse on the moor. At the road turn right, go over the cattle grid then turn right into the driveway about 50 yards on.
shawtop drive
10.Continue up the drive until you come to a stile on your left. Over the stile follow the signs and path to another stile.
shawtop stile 1 shawtop path shawtop stile 2
11.Over this stile continue along the path to another stile about 5 mins further on. Over this stile follow the arrow along the path to a gate across a track. Go over the stile by the gate.
shawtop stile 3 summerhills gate
12.Follow the track for about 5 mins to a single gate in the fence on your right. Follow the arrow through the gate and continue along the path.
(After about 15 minutes or 650 metres if you want to take a detour to see the Bawdstone then take the well trodden path on your left to Hen Cloud through the gate in the wall . The Bawdstone is about a hundred metres along the path on the left after passing through another gate in a wall).

13.If you don't take the detour, continue along the well marked path from the single gate mentioned above for approx 20 mins when you will return to the Roaches gate and the end of the walk.

On your way to the right there is a derelict house called New Lodge. It has not been occupied for at least 40 years but as the electicity pole demonstrates it had electricity before it fell into disrepair.
new lodge

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