The most obvious activity here is walking. Straight out of the door, leave the car in the drive. It could hardly be better for walkers – we don’t need to say any more.


The Roaches is a mecca for rock climbing. Some of the greatest climbers Britain has produced made their first moves here – particularly Don Whillans and Joe Brown. The rock is grippy and free from vegetation and climbing on the Upper Tier on a summers evening is a sublime experience.


You can cycle along the lanes directly from the cottage for miles and miles without encountering more than the post van and a tractor or two. Not far away are the cycleways of the Peak District – The Manifold Trail, High Peak Trail, Monsal Trail and The Tissington Trail, where you can cycle for miles along former railway routes away from traffic and without any serious ups or downs. We have room for six bikes in our lockable store too!.


The Roaches is a haven for moorland bird species such as Meadow Pippets and Curlews, Kestrels, Sparrow Hawks and Buzzards. In the spring, you will certainly hear the call of the Cuckoos. Keep a sharp eye out for owls - we have all the UK species within a mile or so. Down in the valley, you can set up your spotting scope in the hide at Tittesworth Water and catch sight of any number of wetland birds.

Kayaking & Paddle Sports

You can launch your kayak or canoe on Rudyard Lake – a circuit round its shoreline is about 4 miles. If you don’t have your own boat, Tittesworth Watersports do one-day taster courses – you can see them from the cottage. Paul Bull and his family will give you a great experience with paddleboarding, kayaking or canoeing.

Trainspotting (or nostalgia!)

We have a fantastic railway almost on the doorstep. The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the classic days of railway travel on a rural line that passes through beautiful countryside known as Staffordshire's "Little Switzerland.
Sit back, relax, and let the "Moorlander" dining train take you on a dining experience to rival no other aboard our dedicated First Class dining carriage "Diana". Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive a full size steam locomotive? Or do you know someone who has always dreamed of taking the controls of a historic locomotive? If so then a footplate experience course is just the ticket!