Bleaklow & B29 Superfortress Crash Site from Glossop, Peak District
Guided Walking in the Peak District
A great walk up Bleaklow and a visit to the B29 Superfortress crash site
This walk takes you up a lovely but little visited ridge on 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 the 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 and likely to be boggy 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 “kissing stones”, a good spot for some lunch.
From here we head over to the site of the 1948 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.
To finish the walk we head to the Pennine Way footpath which we follow towards the Snake Pass road and then turn onto Doctor’s Gate, a late-medieval horse-path which we follow back down to Glossop.
The walk is mostly on a mixture of good tracks and smaller footpaths which can be rough in places and includes 1 fairly long hill. The hill up to Bleaklow is a steady climb of about 350m (1200ft). At any time of year there are likely to be some muddy sections, especially once we start to head up towards Bleaklow with it's peat bogs and we will be leaving the paths for about 1km across rougher ground as we head to the crash site. There is a fairly long gradual descent back down to Glossop.
Recommended Equipment & Clothing
- Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (avoid jeans)
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick)
- Walking boots (route is rough and uneven in places so good ankle support is recommended)
- Warm hat and gloves
- Food, drink and snacks for the day. We'll have a couple of food stops on the walk.
- Personal first aid kit (sun cream, pain relief, any personal medication etc)