ROACHES - UPPER


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

84 trad routes (M...E7)
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
Wombat Area
The far left-hand side of the Upper Tier has a couple of contrasting venues, the popular and...
22
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

10 mins

60
Damascus Crack Area
A section of scrappy buttresses to the right of the huge overhang of Wombat.
13
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

10 mins

61
Black and Tans Area
The main section of the upper tier is extremely impressive and is home to a truly great series of...
14
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

8 mins

62
Sloth Area
The overhang is the single most recognisable feature of the whole cliff. It looks huge from the...
20
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

8 mins

64
Blushing Buttress
Rather diminutive when compared to the rest of the Roaches, these two small buttresses do offer...
15
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

8 mins

68
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    For ROACHES - UPPER

    Jeffcoat's Buttress
    "Any Hard Severe leader who isn't tall and can do the start of this straight off ..." 08/Apr

    Rotunda Buttress
    "It's a lovely line and most of the route is very steady, but the top moves are h..." 06/Apr

    Pedestal Route
    "Left of shield. Best route ever? Could be." 20/Feb top50

    War Wound
    "Feels a bit contrived, but has some very nice moves. If you can reach the first ..." 08/Sep

    Rooster
    "Polished rock and lack of protection make this one a fun climb." 04/May

    Sign of the Times
    "shouldn't get E2 cause it's only 6m (although I was relieved to top out!), I'd g..." 05/Oct

    Walleroo
    "Not bad but a bit of a one move wonder. Two stars? Nah." 05/Sep

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