The Roaches

Walks in the White Peak (Limestone area) of the Peak District National Park between 2004 and 2011.

APRIL 2009: Chrome Hill and surrounding area walked by Sean, Alison, Gordon, Jane, Swarbs, Karen and Sue.

This shortish 8 miler started from Earl Sterndale and weaved its way towards Chrome Hill, the Matterhorn of the Peak District.

Our heroes trudge up the knife edge that is Chrome Hill. Parkhouse Hill is in the background.

This shot of a walker approaching the summit of Parkhouse Hill was taken from just below where the previous shot was captured.

Super zoom technology was also used to capture this foul fingered monster in action.....

The continuation over Chrome Hill was as enjoyable as ever. Alison fell on slippy limestone so that gave Sean the chance to set the camera to video mode in the hope that another member of the team would fall to their death.

Swarbs approaches the 'step of death'. Unfortunately he managed to cross this deadly crag with ease much to Sean's annoyance.

Hollingsclough provided us with a convenient lunch location and left us with an easy trek to Longnor and then back to Earl Sterndale where a pint was enjoyed at the Quiet Woman Inn.

AUGUST 2010.Tideswell and the Dales.

It was now getting close to our trip to the Dolomites so we had to acclimatise. Not in terms of climbing of course but looking up at limestone cliffs from the safety of a path.

A leafy view in Cressbrook Dale. How tall am I?

Monk's Dale - you get the impression that no one has walked here for years judging by the overgrown nature of the path. The tree cover also ensures that the limestone remains in a shitty slippy state.

DECEMBER 2011: Monyash - Magpie Mine - Lathkill Dale

2011 was coming to a close so a Christmas walk was arranged which drew a 17 strong team made up of us Pighole people and the T.W.A.T.S. A 9 miler from Monyash. Magpie Mine and along Lathkill was the route.

Jon, Sarah, Lisa, Dave, Gordon, Nick, Terry and Ken march across a field just outside Monyash. Jane was somewhere in here too.

Al, Bev, Rob, Jim, Rich, Gus Gaye and Netty wait for the group in the first shot.

Jon, Gordon and the crew power up Bole Hill. Jon was keen to lose some of the 3 stone he put on over Christmas.

A friend had bought me the famous 'Through the lens of Dave' book for Christmas and, after reading chapters 1 and 2 during the previous evening, decided to use what I'd learnt and managed to capture this shot of the author.

As is now customary practice we headed to a pub on completing the walk. The Bull o 't Thorn was the destination of choice....

Dirty drunks. Just look at the state of Sarah.

DECEMBER 2005: Mam Tor ridge from Castleton

Walking the Mam Tor - Back Tor - Lose Hill ridge on Dec 27th, 2005.

The view over to Win Hill from Lose Hill.

APRIL 2005: Cheedale

Cheedale nr Buxton.

This shot was taken in the hope that Ann would fall in the deep mud. Shortly after I put my camera away guess what happened? Other walkers in the shot are Alison, Jane and Dave Swarbrook.

Jane raised over £1900 for her favourite charity by walking the Cheedale\Chelmorton round dressed as a mouse. Gordon raised a similar amount by dressing as a Manchester car thief.

Alison and Ann on the Cheedale stepping stones. We walked through the dale after a spell of wet weather so the stones were very greasy. Any slip would have resulted in a swim in the River Wye.


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