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Bleaklow Guided Walk

This is a guided walk with wilderness and history, including a visit to the 1948 crash site of a US Superfortress bomber and the summit of Derbyshire’s second highest plateau. During the walk your guide will share the plane’s history in a wild and rugged environment with ancient peat land, and the chance to see mountain hares.

  • Distance: 9.5 miles/16 km.
  • Ascent: 1942ft/592m of ascent.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Great For:  New and experienced hill walkers.
  • Approx Timings: 0915 – 1600. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish: Pyegrove Park, Pyegrove Road, Glossop, SK13 8QS.
  • Location Map >

 

£40.00

SKU Bleaklow Guided Walk Categories ,

Description

This walk begins in Old Glossop and follows a packhorse route before climbing up onto Higher Shelf Stones Trig Point, Bleaklow’s high southern edge with wind carved stones overlooking Snake Pass and Kinder Scout.

We’ll take you to the site of the B-29 Superfortress, ‘Over Exposed’, recounting the tale of the air crash on 3 November 1948, when the USAF aircraft struck Bleaklow in mist.  Remnants of the aircraft’s engines, undercarriage and wings remain, alongside a memorial to the 13 souls who tragically lost their lives.

The walk continues up the Pennine Way to Bleaklow Head at over 2,000 feet/600m and our summit cairn.  On a clear day, we’ll  leave the path and cut across wild heather moorland, looking for mountain hares amongst the peat cloughs.  We then join a high-level track above Dowstone Clough and Dog Rock overlooking Yellowstone Brook, 150 feet below.  A final steep stroll down through green pastures returns us to our starting point.

Want to make a weekend of it? 

  • On the April 14 Walk, you can also book our Kinder Scout Walk on Saturday 13 April here >
  • On the December 15 Walk, you can also book our Hayfield Horseshoe Fitness Walk on Saturday 14 December here >

Additional information

The Walk

This walk begins in Old Glossop and follows a packhorse route before climbing up onto Higher Shelf Stones Trig Point, Bleaklow's high southern edge with wind carved stones overlooking Snake Pass and Kinder Scout.
We’ll take you to the site of the B-29 Superfortress, 'Over Exposed', recounting the tale of the air crash on 3 November 1948, when the USAF aircraft struck Bleaklow in mist. Remnants of the aircraft's engines, undercarriage and wings remain, alongside a memorial to the 13 souls who tragically lost their lives.
The walk continues up the Pennine Way to Bleaklow Head at over 2,000 feet/600m and our summit cairn. On a clear day, we’ll leave the path and cut across wild heather moorland, looking for mountain hares amongst the peat cloughs. We then join a high-level track above Dowstone Clough and Dog Rock overlooking Yellowstone Brook, 150 feet below. A final steep stroll down through green pastures returns us to our starting point.

What’s included?

Included
  • Qualified Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader with Outdoor First Aid Qualifications.
  • Guiding throughout the day with briefing advice and support to ensure your safety.
  • Narrative on local points of interest, wildlife, geology, history and culture.
  • Optional photography of your day which can be shared with you.
  • The option of a free, return lift from a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk. Ask us when you book.
Not Included:
  • Parking or transport costs associated with your walk.
  • Essential walking kit or food.
  • Navigation equipment and maps for Navigation Courses (we will help if we have spares).

What to Bring

Here’s an Essential Kit Kist for all our walks >

Meeting and Parking

The meeting place is a free car park next to Pyegrove Tennis Centre at Pyegrove Park, Pyegrove Road, Glossop, SK13 8QS.  Pyegrove Road is off the A57 near Glossop Town Centre.

Please see a Google Map showing the location of the car park here.

Coming by Bus or Train?
We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. If you’re arriving reasonably nearby, we’ll give you a free lift.  Ask us when you book.

Facilities

There are no facilities at the meeting place.  Glossop Town Centre has cafés, pubs, shops, accommodation and toilets. The nearest train station is Glossop in the centre of town.

See Map here

 

Walk Difficulty

This is a Moderate Walk.  Here is our walk difficulty guide >

FAQs

We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >

Accommodation

Click here to see a Google map of accommodation near this walks start.

We have also created a page of Peak District accommodation we recommend here >

Respect, Protect and Enjoy!

We all want to respect, protect and enjoy the fragile upland environments where we walk, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.  Following The Countryside Code really helps…

Respect:
  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
Protect:
  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
Enjoy:
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
Want to know more?
  • Sustainability – our actions and fund raising to support the local environment, communities and economy.
  • Contact Us – ask a question or make a suggestion.