Sun 17th Jan, 1999
Roaches local Walk
Present: Jim and Sandy Gregson, Roger Dyke, Tony Gask, Lester Payne, Iain McCallum, Frank and Margaret Williams, Margaret Baldock, Brian Taylor, Alan Liverpool Jones, Alan Hyde Jones and Ken Beetham (spotted somewhere in the vicinity).
Memorable things of note on this meet was the fact that there was some snow on the ground, we lost Ian McCallum early on in the meet and the ground was exceptionally boggy underfoot.
It was good to see the Roaches covered in an inch or so of snow as we left the Tittesworth Reservoir car park bang on 10 o'clock. We got off to a cracking pace as I was concerned that I had organised the start time too late for a short winters day Within the first muddy mile or so Ian decided to take his own alternative route with the intention of meeting up with us just below the Roaches, unfortunately when we arrived at the Roaches ridge there was no sign of Ian. Anyway we headed off up the broadish ridge hoping that we would meet up with Ian later on. Weather was proving to be not too bad with an inch or so of fresh snow on the ground and a bracing wind above. Good progress was made and in no time at all we had arrived at The Hangingstone. (still no sign of Ian.) From there we headed back on ourselves towards Luds Church where we had our lunch. Ian appeared from the other direction having met Ken Beetham in the vicinity of the gap between the Roaches and Hen Cloud, no need to send out a rescue party!
In the afternoon a decision, on the advice of Jim, was made to head down to Gradbach and from there to Gib Tor and then back via the gap between The Roaches and Hen Cloud. Despite the fact that Jim told me at the start of the walk that he did not relish the prospect of crossing boggy farmland he instead led the Second half of the walk (with my agreement, honest!) across extremely boggy moorland(it must be said that everywhere was exceptionally wet on that day).Unfortunately the heavens opened late in the day and we got a good soaking. We got back to the car park just before dark. After the walk a number of us had a welcome pint in the local hostelry.
A welcome bit of exercise and fresh air was, I think, had by all. Thanks to everyone who supported the meet. It was a pity we never met up with Ken.
Starts at Tittesworth reservoir car park GR 994603 OS Sheet 118. The route takes the ridge of the Roaches , then descending to Danebridge, the exact route from there back to car park is yet to be defined (it's a secret at the moment). Distance approx. 12 miles. Start 9:30 a.m. for a 10:00 a.m. start.
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