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The Roaches Climbing Weekend

Climb Adventure

The Roaches, north of Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands is a place that cannot be described in words. when you first pull up in the layby at the foot of these rocks, you think, just another rock formation. Wrong! Climbing at The Roaches, you will experience the exhilaration of the climbs, you will be rewarded with stunning views across The Peak District moorlands to the north and the rolling Staffordshire countryside and Tittesworth Water to the south.

This weekend will see you exploring the range of vertical and more gently angled faces of the famous Roaches. There are several crags here and a range of climbing possibilities - as well as some other interesting locations close by. We shall be rotating climbing - as none of us will be able to climb solidly all day - and you will need to belay for a climbing partner during the day (you will work in pairs or threes). At The Roaches the Rock Type is Gritstone.



Day 1
We shall convene at the Roaches early evening, before an evening meal in a local pub and overnight.

Day 2
Assemble, initial briefing and get out onto crags. Start with some warm up exercises - and briefings on putting on harness, helmet, tying in and general safety information. Then progress on to climbing easy routes, and hopefully progress as day proceeds. Some routes will be short and technical, other traditional with top ropes set. Your leader will discuss mechanics of climbing with you during the session.

Day 3
Another day out on the crags, trying some alternative routes. We shall start packing up around 15:00 today, before refreshments, reflection on another fantastic weekend of climbing and heading for home.



You will be staying in bunkhouse style accommodation


What is a Level 2.0 Climbing Challenge Like?

These activities are either climbing, abseiling, caving, or multiactivity. They are moving up in intensity from beginner level, and will require a higher level of fitness. You will need the appropriate specific fitness - probably requiring good flexibility in the case of climbing or caving. Most itineraries in this category require some degree of upper body strength - especially in the case of open canoeing at 2 star level.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.0 ‘Climbing Challenge’?

You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 5 or 6 hours or 15 miles in the lowland English countryside, or maybe bike rides of 3-4 hours.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Included In Trip

2 Nights simple bunkhouse style accommodation
2 Days Climbing
Safety Equipment - Ropes, Helmets, Harnesses etc.


Excluded From Trip

All meals and snacks throughout the weekend
Transport to and from the event


Equipment Required

Tracksuit Bottoms / Cotton Trousers
Fleece Jacket, Windproof Outer Jacket
Long Sleeved T-Shirt
Trainers / Walking Shoes or Walking Boots/Climbing Shoes
Personal Equipment (Harness/Belay Device/Helmet)
Waterproof Clothing in case of poor weather
Sunglasses, Suncream

Provided by Adventure Café
Helmets, Harness, Belay Device, Ropes, Guidebooks


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. Please note - this activity is Risk Assessed, and is run by Qualified Rock Climbing Instructors - accredited by the British Mountaineering Council. All insurances, qualifications and Risk Assessments are freely available for inspection.



Expect all kinds of weather - but we hope for dry weather - and will attempt to find suitable climbing whatever the conditions. In case of poor weather we will either re-arrange, or move to an indoor climbing venue - so check with us on the weather the evening before the event for final confirmation



Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event



Guide price




This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


Event Location

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