Climbs 271
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 450m a.s.l
Faces SW

Neb Buttress in the evening light © Fidget

Crag features

Big, popular and well-worn with routes up to 30m long at all grades. More open than the Lower Tier and, except for the left-hand end, usually in condition throughout the year. Many classics to choose from (even multi-pitch) in fine positions! Best routes: Pedestal Route (HVD), Black and Tans (S), Saul's Crack (HVS 5a), The Sloth (HVS 5a), Wombat (E2 5c), Gypfast (E4 5c) and Paralogism (E7 6c).

To get there, the nearest postcode is the Roaches Tea Room just down the road: ST13 8TY

Approach notes

Limited parking below the crag. Obvious track leads to the Lower Tier. Upper Tier is above (!), The Skyline the northward (left) continuation of the Upper Tier.


Peak Bouldering

The Peak Bouldering Rockfax is a massive book covering a huge area including all the main bouldering venues of the Peak District. It includes many more low-grade problems than have ever been documented before including 17 circuits with problems at V0+ 5a and under, and a further 21 circuits with problems at V2 5c and below.
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Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
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At the Roaches yesterday (Aug 29th, 2016) and everyone who parked outside of the marked parking areas in the Restricted Zone received a Penalty Notice (parking ticket from the Police).
afx22 - 30/Aug/16
Just to let you know the area between Easy gully and Demascus on upper tier is closed due to falcon nesting.
mevanssmith - 16/Apr/13
This crag is very green at the moment.
CharlesE - 20/Mar/11
There is presently a restriction in place on the upper tier around the Sloth/Black and Tans area for nesting Perrigren Falcons and as such much of the upper tier climbs are essentially closed. The Roaches are stupidly busy, with very noisy university and climbing clubs shouting nonsense about 'being the man' and upperclass twits shouting about what they can and can not do, paying no respect to hikers and other climbers who might want a pleasant day out. One look at the chaos, we sacked it and went elsewhere.
jimorothy - 22/Mar/09
Climbed on the Roaches (Upper Tier) for the first time yesterday. Plenty of varied climbs in a good range of grades topped by magnificent views. Rather exposed though - as we found out during the occasional downpour! Must surely be up there with Stannge for the Peak's best crag.
Dave - 05/Jun/05
Today is the 22nd of May and I would just like to offer my sympathies to the climber who fell at the Roaches today and that I wish him a speedy recovery to climbing again. Also a drink to the emergency sevices who responded with speed and skill.
Frank Morgan - 22/May/04
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Left-Hand Section 
2RoosterVD *544
3Centre Slabf6C **27
4Chicken RunHVD *664
5Freak OutE1 5b 4
6Fern CrackS 4b **815
7HeartbleedHVS 5b 4
8Demon WallVS 5a *48
9Perverted StaircaseVS 5a 56
10Simpkin's OverhangE4 5b **12
11Inverted StaircaseD ***1647
12The Tower of Bizarre DelightsE3 5c *11
13The SublimeE2 5b *9
14PickpocketVS 4b 3
15CrenationE1 5a *20
16Heather Slab Groove
D 141
17Heather SlabS 3c *868
 West's Wallaby Area 
19Capitol ClimbHS 4a *236
20WombatE2 5b ***356
21Live BaitE4 5c *1
22West's WallabyVS 4c *228
23WallerooE2 5c **60
24Wallaby DirectHVS 5a *207
25Late Night FinalS 4a 35
 Maud's Garden Area 
27The ValveE4 5c *16
28Beckermet SlabS 4b *387
29Maud's GardenHVD 3c ***2307
30LybstepVS 4b 24
31Contrary MaryVS 4b *186
32ColdfingerVS 4b 23
33Reset Portion of Galley 37S 4a 67
34Broken SlabS 4a 186
35Dawn PiperHVS 5b *23
36Runner RouteHS 4b *377
37GingE1 5c 11
38Damascus CrackHS 4b *1302
39Damascus Crack Left-Hand Finish
VS 4b 386
40Third Degree BurnE2 5b 15
41LibraHVS 4c *234
 The Central Massif 
43A Day at the SeasideVS 4b 2
44Joe PublicHS 4a 12
45Lone Ascent
VS 4c 21
46Little PerforationsE2 6a 3
47WipersVS 4b 11
48Central MassiveD *103
49AquaVS 4b 377
50Public Enemy Number One
HVS 5a 5
51Quick BrewE2 5c *10
52Tealeaf CrackS 4a *262
M 24
54A Short Trip To A Transylvanian Brain Surgery
S 4a 45
 Black and Tans Area 
56Rotunda ButtressVS 4c *452
57Rotunda GullyM 136
58Bachelor's ButtressHVS 4c **461
59GypfastE4 5c *19
60Something Biblical
E2 6a *1
61Saul's CrackHVS 5a ***1081
62HumdingerE1 5b *143
63Jeffcoat's Chimney VariationsHS 4c *32
64Jeffcoat's ChimneyVD **703
65Jeffcoat's Buttress VariationHS 4b ***48
66Jeffcoat's ButtressHS 5a **840
67The slug Trailf7A **1
68Hanging AroundHVS 5b *30
69Ruby TuesdayE2 5b **88
70Black and TansS 4a ***2044
71Black and Tans Variations
HVS 5a *93
72Black VelvetHVD 4a ***1083
73Diamond WednesdayHVS 5a *301
 The Great Slab 
75Hollybush CrackVS 4b **461
76Technical SlabHS 4a **1308
77The Neb Finish
VS 4b **190
78Technical Slab + The Neb Finish
HS 4a ***23
79GiltedE5 6a * 
80Painted RumourE6 6a ***24
81Pedestal Route VariationS 4a 111
82Pedestal RouteHVD 4a ***1593
83Loculus LieE5 6a **5
84The SlothHVS 5a ***1993
85New Fi'nialE6 6b **1
86One Giant Lip for MankindE6 6b **1
87Central RouteVS 4b **800
88The Spectatorship of the ProletariatE5 6b *2
89Right RouteVD ***2248
90Right Route RightHS 4b *188
91Kelly's DirectE1 5b **119
92Skin And WishbonesE8 7a *** 
93Kelly's ShelfS 4b *753
94Laughing all the way to the BlankE4 6a *3
95ParalogismE7 6c ***22
96AntithesisE5 6b ***3
97Bed of NailsE3 5b *6
 Roscoe's Wall Area 
99Easy Gully WallS 4a 370
100Jelly RollVS 4b *338
101Magic ChildHVS 5a 11
102Ped X-ingE3 5c *6
103Roscoe's Wall
HVS 5b **111
104Roscoe's Wall/Round TableHVS 5b *231
105Crack and CornerS 4c ***902
106Round TableE1 5a **27
107Babbacombe LeeE1 5b *144
108Destination VenusHVS 5b 1
109Fly UnitedE1 5c ** 
110Hangman's CrackS 4a 162
 Blushing Buttress 
112Scarlet WallS 4a 312
113War WoundE1 6a *71
114Left Hand RouteHS 4b **999
115Right Hand RouteHS 4c **998
116Gully WallVS 4b 172
117Grilled FingersHVS 4c 13
118The RibS 4a 259
119Rib WallVD 293
120Rib Wall Direct StartS 4c *36
121SparkleHS 4b 137
 Calcutta Buttress 
123Sign of the TimesE1 5c 38
124Calcutta CrackHS 4b *243
125MistralE2 6a *14
126Calcutta ButtressVS 5a *71
127GenetixE3 6a *4
128Stop... Carry on!HVS 5a 12
129Calcutta Crab DanceHS 4c **6
 Right-Hand End 
VS 5a 11
HVS 5a 8
133Ou est le Spit?E6 6b *4
134Seams Polished
f5+ 28
 Upper Tier Boulders 
 The Rippler 
137Back Aretef2+ 5
138Left Arêtef4 *223
139Grand Theftf7C **1
141The Ripplerf6A *231
142The Rippler Sit Startf7A 26
143Lip-ServiceV7 1
144The Bossf6C *65
145Ripple Arêtef4 39
 Little Boulder 
147Nosyf3 73
148Uprightf3 67
 The Nose 
150The Nose Traversef6B *1
151Crimpy Wallf4+ *237
152Nose Aretef4+ *218
153Nose Arête Rightf5+ 144
154Nose Scoopf6A 158
155Nose Mantelf2+ 106
 Joe's Boulder 
157The Bishop's Movef3+ *496
158Joe's Arêtef6A ***914
159Joe's Rightf5 41
160Pink Wallf5 *145
161Pink Wall Eliminatef7A **76
162Joe's Portholesf4+ *485
163Joe's Portholes Sit Start
f4+ 71
164Joe's Portholes Eliminatef5+ 82
165Mean Ol' Bastard
f7B *27
166Apocalypse Now
f7A+ *40
 The Long Boulder 
168Nadin's Traversef7A 166
169Nadin's Traverse - Staircase Linkf7A+ **14
170Nadin's Traverse - Cooper's Traverse Linkf7B *9
171Jug Upf4+ 187
172Glued Upf6A 91
173Regf7A 54
174Pixief5+ 79
175Staircasef5+ *317
176Cooper's Traverse ExtensionV5 4
177Cooper's Traversef6A+ *174
178Mantelf5 40
179Long Boulder Mantelf4 47
 Don's Boulder 
181Don's Crackf5 **404
182Don's Crack Eliminatef6B 91
183Don's Arêtef3+ *296
 The Wing 
185Wingerf5+ *102
186Wing Wongf5+ **198
187The Beakf6B **148
188Broken Wingf6C+ **118
 Great Slab Bouldering 
190Popperf3+ *47
191Slab Dancerf4+ *24
192Flap Dancerf7B 6
193The Lintelf5+ *47
194Cheesy Moonf3+ *29
195Long Traversef5 54
196Goat's Grufff4+ *45
197Goat's Eyef5+ *59
198Goat's Eye - Sitting Startf6B+ 28
199The Monodoigtf7B+ *5
200Flake Museumf5+ *10
201Scallopf4+ 15
 Grooves Boulder 
203Slippery Groovef4+ *94
204Arete on Left (Grooves)f5 *98
205Easy Groove (Grooves)f4 **135
206Flakes and Chipsf4+ **409
207Flakes and Chips without the Chips
f6B 34
208Bancroft's 6bf7A+ *45
209Higginson's Armf7B+ **2
210Left Groovef6B+ ***119
211Right Groovef6A+ **93
212Vague Arêtef6A 24
213The Nose (Grooves)f6B *59
214Juggy Groovef5+ *91
 Crack and Corner Area 
216Magic Crossingf5 *2
217Toucanf7A *8
218Lichenthropef7A+ **8
219Crack Indirectf5+ *7
220Crack Startf5 **21
221Babbacombe Startf5 **31
222Polishf7A+ 2
223Sheep Shitf7A+ **2
224Sheep Shit Crackf6C+ **18
225Oikf6A *20
 Calcutta Bouldering 
227Bombay Overhangf5+ **68
228Calcutta Crimpf6B+ **49
229Calcutta Meadowf7A **4
230Sleeping with the Flowersf6C+ **112
231Sign Startf5+ *22
232Dirtnapf7B **3
233Mistral Startf6B *77
234Limbless Limbo Dancerf7A **120
235Dish Grabf6B+ *54
236Calcutta Ribf5+ **41
237Calcutta Traversef6A *195
238The Black Hole Start
f7A *28
239Delhi Bellyf7C ***1
240Gritstone Bouldering Pissupf6C **1
241Too Drunkf7A **100
242Drunk Enoughf6C+ *91
243Decapitation by Spaghettification *V6 1
244Black Hole Rib *V5+ 2
245Enough Of This Gravity Stuff. *V6 1
 The Attic 
247Stretch Armstrong
f6C+ **10
248Roof Problemf5+ 6
249The Squirmf4 12
250The Finger/Spike Leef5 **2
251Handy Wallf5 *12
252Mountyf3+ *19
253Barleyf5 *4
254Chasm Arêtef6A **5
255Sexy Stevef6A+ *2
256Scrackf4 **40
257Reachy Wallf6A *14
258Runnel Rouserf4+ *12
259Aretef3+ *3
260Risky Runnelf5 *6
 The Cellar 
262The Gatesf7A *1
263Crinkly Wallf5+ *22
264Ride My Pimpf6B *2
265The Downpipef6C+ **9
266Pipe Entryf7A 4
267Night Riderf7B+ *1
268Left Slab (Cellar)f4 *43
269Tiny Groovef3 *61
270Right Slabf3 *62
271Cellar Dwellaf7A+  
272Cellar Slab 1f5 *51
273Cellar Slab 2f5+ *62
274Easy Groove (Cellar)f2+ *80
 The Cube 
276Flakes (Cube)f5 **23
277Cube Crackf3+ **18
278Period Dramaf6A * 
279Jumpf6C **21
280The Cube Directf7B+ **2
281The Cubef6B ***45
282The Pubef6A+ **19
283Right Pubef6A+ *6
284Back Crackf5 * 
285Cube Traversef6A+ *3
286K2f2+ **38
287K3f4+ *15
288Summit Slabf5+ *11
289Notch Slabf5+ *40
2902Kf2+ **11
291Traverse Of The Triangular SlabV0+ 12
 Where are these?? 
293Pac Man
f5 *2
294Two Chips
f4+ *2
295Traversed to Scrackf5+ *1
296Upper Tier Ridge3 *3
297Dazed and ConfusedE3 6a **1
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