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Crash Sites Walking Tour

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6 hours


from £38

# People

2 - 8 people

  • Chilled

  • Active

  • Tough

Adventure highlights

Highlights A fantastic and unique walking experience. You will explore some of the wildest parts of the Peak District National Park and learn about some of the aviation history influenced by this unique landscape. • Discover hidden aviation secrets in the Peak Districts wildest landscapes • Experience and learn about the area’s nature and conservation with your guide • 1/2 day and full day options also available as private group bookings - contact us to discuss USAF Boeing B-29 Superfortress Overexposed Bleaklow is the setting for the most impressive crash site in the Peak District's . Bleaklow is the second highest mountain in the Peaks and location of some of its wildest countryside. Here you will have opportunities to learn from your guide about the special moorland ecology and it's conservation. If you have an interest in navigation your guide will happily share some skills and you could even try navigating the group across a section of the notoriously complex Bleaklow moor! This crash site is an extensive area of wreckage from a USAF Boeing B-29 Superfortress nick-named “Over Exposed” which crashed on November 3rd 1948. This plane is famous for having filmed the first two Bikini Atoll atom bomb tests in July 1946 and it's involvement in relieving the West Berlin Blockade in 1948. Lancaster Bomber - Mk.X, RCAF This crash site and memorial to a Canadian Lancaster Bomber is about a mile away from the B-29 crash site. Other optional crash sites that can be included for private group bookings: RAF Defiant Night Fighter This is one of the lesser visited crash sites on Bleaklow, providing another great option for a full day tour. It can be combined with both of the crash sites listed above or just the Superfortress. USAAF B24 Liberator This is another fairly extensive crash site on the lower flanks of Kinder Scout and provides a great option for a longer full day walk when combined with the Superfortress, or a half day walk from a number of locations. Many other crash sites which can be visited on request from various nearby locations including a Halifax Bomber, 2 Sabres, Dakota and a Dragon Rapide. COVID-19 Tier Travel Guidance All our events are approved as "Good to Go" Covid-secure by Visit England. We are still taking bookings and will restart our trips at an appropriate time once measures have been relaxed following the National Lockdown. We expect to become very busy again after lockdown and recommend that people book early, particularly for weekends activities. Our "Book with Confidence" reschedule/refund guarantee continues to be in place in case of guidance to avoid travel. If you'd like to discuss options before booking please contact us.

Price details

  • Per person

Add-ons available:

  • Donate to the Peak District National Park Foundation to help protect this area for future generations

Booking and availability

  • Best price guarantee
  • Safe & secure booking
  • No booking fees


Meeting place

Shepley Street, Old Glossop. (near the junction with Hope Street)


Day 1

This walk takes you up a lovely but little visited ridge onto the second highest mountain in the Peak District, Bleaklow. We set off from Old Glossop along the route of an old roman road. Soon we leave the main path and gradually climb up an easy track until which reach Dog Rock providing some fantastic views.

The path becomes much smaller and almost indistinct now as we head across the notoriously difficult to navigate Bleaklow. Having an experienced guide with you means there’s no need to worry! As we continue over Bleaklow the route will be a little rougher in places. There will be great opportunities here to teach you a little about this special and important ecosystem. After a total climb of around 350m (1200ft) we reach the top, and a good spot for some lunch.

From here we head we have the option of taking a look for Mountain Hares before heading over to the site of the 1948 B29 Superfortress plane crash (sadly all 13 crew members died). The plane was on a short journey from Lincolnshire to Burtonwood near Warrington when it hit the top of the hill in low cloud.

Next we head down slightly to the memorial and site of the Canadian Lancaster Bomber. To finish the walk we continue down the ridge and back to Old Glossop.

The walk is on a mixture or good tracks and then mostly smaller rougher paths. At any time of year there are likely to be some wet and muddy sections, especially on Bleaklow and Kinder Scout with their peat bogs. As, at times we will be leaving the paths and walking across rougher ground as we head to the crash sites, walking boots providing ankle support and keeping your feet dry are strongly recommended. There is one long hill with a climb of around 350m / 1200ft and a similar descent. These are fairly steep in places. The total walk is around 14km / 9miles.

For private bookings this can be extended by including additional crash sites to provide walks of between 14km / 9miles and a challenging 25km / 15miles. Half day walks from around 8km / 5 miles area also available as private group walks. There are also a number of locations where we could start bespoke walks from. Please contact us directly to discuss private bespoke bookings or look at our "Crash Site Walking Tour - Bespoke Private Group" listing.

What is included

  • Other
    Experienced award winning guide and qualified Mountain Leader.

Things you'll need to bring

  • Warm Clothing
  • Waterproofs
  • Food
  • Drink
  • Other
    Hiking Boots essential. A full list or recommended gear is available on website and will also be emailed to you upon booking, or you can contact us in advance for more information.




Starting point

Shepley Street, Old Glossop. (near the junction with Hope Street)