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ROACHES - LOWER


The finest of all the western gritstone cliffs (and some argue finest of all grit) is the superb tiered outcrop of the Roaches. Standing proud above the Cheshire plain, the crag has routes of all grades and of a length that is exceptional for grit. The rock is tinted a pale pinkish and tends to be rather less abrasive than that of the Eastern Edges, though that doesn't mean that the cliffs many superb jamming cracks won't leave their mark! The crag can get very busy on summer weekends and as the parking is limited you either need to arrive early or be prepared to use the (signed) Park and Ride near Tittesworth Reservoir.

Routes

102 trad routes (M...E8)
7 boulder problems (?...?)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
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Approach walk Other Page
Teck Crack Area
To the left of the steps is a series of short undercut walls with good (and popular) bouldering and...
28
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

5 mins

48
Raven Rock Gully Area
To the right of the stone steps the Lower Tier thrusts forward. The big names are further right,...
18
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

5 mins

50
Valkyrie Area
A huge Easter Island statue of a buttress, perhaps the single most imposing bit of grit in the...
7
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

5 mins

52
Elegy Area
The next section has some classic crack climbs but is nowadays better known for its superb...
31
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

5 mins

54
Chalkstorm Area
Sadly the very popular easy routes here have been rather battered to death by never-ending...
25
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

5 mins

56
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  • Latest Comments

    For ROACHES - LOWER

    Chalkstorm
    "Many many years ago (20) I led this, it was E3 at the time if I remember correct..." 31/Dec top50

    Sifta's Quid
    "Why oh why would you want to squirm under the boulder. enjoyed the crux though,..." 19/Aug

    Elegy
    "I'd suggest getting someone to brush the top break before going for an onsight. ..." 23/Sep top50

    Valkyrie
    "After years of climbing I finally got to do Valkyrie as there was no queue, thou..." 06/Sep top50

    Raven Rock Gully
    "Climbed right hand wall, possibly off-route, in pouring rain. Amusing in retrosp..." 13/Jun

    Valkyrie
    "hardest way is to lead 1st pitch and 2nd the crux pitch , but alot more enjoyabl..." 24/May top50

    Rhodren
    "Too short by far. Interesting moves all the way. Good runnners." 21/May

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