Hen Cloud Cottage
Hen Cloud Cottage lies on the Roaches, a mighty gritstone escarpment which marks the south-western edge of the Peak District. It is an area of rock and heather owned by the Peak District National Park Authority offering shepherds hut and caravan accommodation.
Hen Cloud Cottage looks up to Hen Cloud itself, an impressive, steeply rising, solitary edge. The Roaches have a gentler incline and consist of Lower and Upper Tiers which are connected by rock steps.
The Roaches is beloved of walkers and climbers and built into the rocks of the Lower Tier is Rock Cottage. This tiny primitive cottage has had a colourful past, once a gamekeeper’s residence, then the home of the self-styled “Lord of the Roaches”. It is now a climbing hut. Below and to the west of the main edge is a line of small subsidiary edges known as the Five Clouds.
The whole area is a delight for walkers, runners and rock-climbers, with the edges providing some of the best gritstone climbing in the country with classic routes such as Valkyrie, the Sloth and The Swan.
Grounds and nearby
Hen Cloud Cottage is right in the heart of the famous Roaches. There are numerous beautiful walks around the cottage, some of which start right at the front door. We can give you advice and suggest routes to climb, walk or run! You’ll soon love The Roaches as much as we do.
Ye Olde Rock Inn is within walking distance of Hen Cloud Cottage. The pub serves evening meals and wonderful hand-pulled ale.
If you fancy a less strenuous stay, or to explore further afield than The Roaches, then the tourist board website has lots of ideas for you. A selection are below.
Buxton is an attractive market town just a few miles north via a dramatic drive. The famous Buxton Opera House, the Victorian Park and some small interesting shops in the Cavendish Arcade as well as Poole’s Cavern are all worthy of exploration. Turning south from the cottage is Leek, another attractive market town with its numerous antique emporia.
Nearby villages include Alstonefield, Blackshaw Moor, Earl Sterndale and Longnor as well as Gradbach and the highest village in England, Flash. Further afield lies Bakewell, famous for the Bakewell Pudding (not tarts – Lorna will explain) and Tideswell, with its Cathedral of the Peak and, as seen on TV, The Tideswell School of Food.
If the thrills and spills of Alton Towers is your thing, Hen Cloud Cottage is in easy reach, and when you’ve had your fill, you can retreat to our calm and tranquil cottage.
If you can’t get your fill of attractive landscapes, then the Goyt Valley is worth visiting, as is the Macclesfield Forest or the spectacular Chrome and Parkhouse Hills.
The Threshing Barn in Bradnop near Leek is a lovely 17th Century, Grade 2 listed farm, providing numerous craft courses and a huge range of craft materials for sale from the workshops or by mail order. Inspirational country crafts for sale.