Dave B

Dave B

Posted on 10/28/2015

Photo taken on October 26, 2015


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Last of The Roaches plus an old Mermaid

Last of The Roaches plus an old Mermaid
A hazy view of over 4 and a half miles from Bosley Minn across the Dane Valley to the southern ends of The Roaches and then another two miles across the Churnet Valley to the old Mermaid Inn (distances using Google Earth.)

The Roaches, very popular with climbers and walkers, apparently was until recently known as The Roches from the French "Rock" (wouldn't guess it would you?) Its web site says that the wallabies I have mentioned in previous shots, could still be living up there with one being sighted in April this year - there's hope for me yet ;-)

The Mermaid Inn is another name change being originally Blakemere House. Blakemere is the name for a mystery pool to its left which is reputed to house one of only two inland mermaids. She sings at mid-night to lure young men into the waters (I'm safe there then!) There have been murders as well as ordinary accidents in its waters. It isn't an inn any more but does provide holiday accommodation and eating facilities. Its web site says it is a 17th Century coaching inn but I have to wonder what sort of coaching route would go over that high moor. It is more likely a meeting place for packhorse trains and pedlars (a female one of whom was the murder victim in 1679.)

It was also on the route of "The Great Road" a droving route from eastern Cheshire across to the Nottingham area. A droving route was often a wide track up to 100 yards in places taking cattle long distances to market (not a local farmer) and it crossed where Tittesworth Reservoir lies today and gradually made its way up to The Mermaid where there used to be a number of drinking troughs (plus that pool.) The route is marked by farm names such as Oxhay, Hurdlow, Herbage, etc. It could be that track which comes in right just below the skyline. There were many such droving roads crossing the country from a time when cattle had to be walked to the major cities - the original cowboys?

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