and the Roaches
Severn Trent Water built the visitor centre in 1998 although the reservoir was first constructed as early as 1858. It is now used to store the water supplying homes and businesses in parts of the Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent and Leek.
There are over 100 hectares of rich wildlife habitat, linking the agricultural landscape of North Staffordshire with the wild moorlands of the Peak District. Tittesworth has a wide variety of habitats, from conifer plantation and semi ancient woods to wildflower meadows and marshland. This variety of habitat enables us to provide food, shelter and water for a wide variety of wildlife species.
Lapwing, snipe and curlew are regular visitors to the fields around Tittesworth and when water levels fall in the Summer the exposed mud attracts birds such as oystercatchers, plovers and herons. The meadows are rich in wild flowers such as purple spotted orchid, ox-eye daisy and birds foot trefoil. These plants also provide food for butterflies such as the meadow brown.
The Roaches where Buzzards fly and Wallabies may still roam. The Roaches (or Roches) is a wind-carved outcrop of gritstone rocks straddling the parishes of Leekfrith and Heathylee. The Roaches area includes Hen Cloud, so named perhaps because with a little imagination it looks like a roosting hen. The name could also have been derived from the Anglo -Saxon 'Henge Clud' meaning steep cliff. Also Ramshaw Rocks which includes the weird rock formation called the Winking Man.
There will be Three Walk Groups as normal;
- A Group: led by Brian Thorne
- B Group: led by Beverley Kelly
- C Group: Led by Terry Simmons
With the warmer weather it is important for you to bring enough water to drink (recommended 2ltrs). Dehydration creeps up on you and can make you ill and a risk to the rest of the group