This unique adventure is a search for the 1948 site of a B-29 Superfortress US Air Force bomber which tragically struck Bleaklow Hill in mist. Remnants of the aircraft’s engines, undercarriage and wings remain. We’ll provide a map and compass and learn some easy navigation skills so you can find the aircraft – there’s a reward for when you find it! We learn about the bomber’s sad story and explore the surrounding moorland including Higher Shelf Stones, a dramatic escarpment with far reaching views from over 2000 feet. This is a great walk for young families who want an adventure with learning and history.
Things you might want to consider – just ask when you book:
- We can often be flexible on timings and route depending on the age and ability of your party and the weather.
- Subject to agreement you may be able to bring your family dog too!
Meeting and Parking
We’ll Meet at 0930. We’ll arrange to meet you in Hathersage or Glossop depending on where you are travelling from. We’ll travel together or in convoy to park at the summit of the A57 Snake Pass (between Glossop and Ladybower Reservoir) so that we have a short manageable climb to the aircraft.
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.
There are no facilities at the summit of Snake Pass. Our meet points in either Hathersage or Glossop are locations with cafés, pubs, shops, accommodation and toilets. The nearest train stations are Glossop, Bamford or Hathersage. See map of the area here
This is a Moderate Walk. (Harder for children under 10).
Here is our walk difficulty guide >
We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >
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…
- 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
- 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
- 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.