The Roaches: Discovering England

The Roaches is a prominent rocky ridge in the Peak District National Park in Staffordshire, England. The elevation runs for approximately three miles and reaches a height of 505 meters above sea level at its highest point. Check out the photos I took of the rock formation and surrounding area, such as Thor’s Cave, in 2000 using 35mm film.

The Roaches: Discovering England
The Roaches

About The Roaches

The area is well-known for its rugged and dramatic landscape, featuring a series of rocky outcrops, crags, and gullies. It is also popular with hikers and rock climbers, with many well-marked trails and climbing routes for visitors to explore.

In addition to its natural beauty, The Roaches has a rich cultural history, with evidence of human settlements dating back to prehistoric times. For many centuries, farming and quarrying took place in the area. There are still several disused quarries visible along the ridge.

More Picture of The Roaches

Thor’s Cave (~10 Miles From The Roaches)

The Peak District is also the site of Thor’s Cave, a natural limestone cave in the Manifold Valley. It is named after the Norse god Thor because the entrance to the cave resembles a doorway or a hammer.

The cave is formed by water eroding through the limestone, creating a series of chambers and passageways. Experts believe humans have inhabited the cave since prehistoric times, as evidenced by the discovery of stone tools and animal bones.

Thor’s Cave also offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside and provides a unique underground experience for those who venture inside.

Picture of The Thor’s Cave

Today, The Roaches and Thor’s Cave is a popular destination for visitors, offering a unique combination of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and cultural heritage. Moreover, they are located within a 30-minute drive of each other, making both sites a worthwhile day trip.

Where

The Roaches and Thor’s Cave in the Peak District, Staffordshire.

When

~2000.

What

Pentax MZ-50 35mm SLR camera and unbranded colour film.

How

I scanned the negatives using the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 film scanner and VueScan software.

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