Wilderness and History: Bleaklow and the Superfortress Air Crash

Bleaklow and the Superfortress guided walk

5. Bleaklow - the Superfortress Air Crash Site

Tuesday 9, Wednesday 24 November 2021.

With Rachel Bolton or Richard Tower.


This is a guided walk with wilderness and history, visiting 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, heather and mountain hares. 


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


Your guide will 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 historic Pennine Way  to Bleaklow Head at over 2,000 feet and our summit cairn.  On a clear day, you’ll continue with a beautiful 'walk on the wild side', looking for mountain hares amongst the heather.  The route follows  a stunning high level track above Dowstone Clough overlooking Yellowstone Brook, 150 feet below.  A final stroll down through green pastures returns you to your starting point. 


The distance of this guided walk is about 9 miles/17 kilometres with a height gain of 2,247 feet/685 metres. 


Please book and pay, selecting your preferred date below.  You are booking with Richard Tower and Rachel Bolton, and one of them will guide the walk on the day. 


Wilderness and History: Bleaklow and the Superfortress Air Crash Site. Tuesday 9, Wednesday 24 November 2021.


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Meeting place and time

The meeting time is 9:15am to be ready to set off at 9:30am.


We meet in a free car park next to Pyegrove Tennis Centre (Post code: SK13  8QS).  This is on Pyegrove Road, off the A57 near Glossop Town Centre.  More detailed parking information will be provided in your booking confirmation. 


Joining the Walk by Train? We can meet and return you to Glossop train station if you wish - just let us know when you book. Provided we’ve got enough spaces in our vehicles we don't charge for this as we are keen to promote use of public transport and help reduce traffic in the Peak District National Park.


Further information

What to wear and bring with you on guided walks with Rachel and Richard
PWA General Information - Open and Chall
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US Superfortress Half Day Walk?

A shorter, half day version of this walk can be provided from the summit of Snake Pass, with roadside parking where the Pennine Way crosses the A57.  The distance is about 4 miles/ 6 kilometres with a height gain of 676 feet.   This may be of interest to those wishing to visit the site of the B-29 Superfortress only. Please contact us for more information.