Unusual walk where you can see an aircraft crash site 90 minutes from Nottingham

Photo of the aircraft wreckage of the B29 Superfortress bomber on Bleaklow
The wreckage of the Bleaklow Bomber is a popular spot for walkers -Credit:Jane Smith

Now that the weather is warmer and the school holidays are fast approaching, many of us are looking for local places to explore and spend some time outdoors in. Nottinghamshire itself is full of so many beautiful spots for the whole family, whether you want to go for a picnic or a gentle stroll, but not too far away from the city is a walk unlike any other.

Nestled into the Peak District, which is full of all sorts of family trips to crumbling castles or forgotten forests, is the crash site of a military plane. This landmark is known as the Bleaklow B-29 bomber crash site, and can be found in Charlesworth, Glossop and has been described by visitors on TripAdvisor as a "must visit."

The site is the home of a wrecked US Air Force bomber, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, that in 1948 crashed into the Peak District moorlands, near Higher Shelf Stones on Bleaklow. Part of the 16th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, used for military photography, the plane crashed due to a fatal navigation error in poor visibility. At least a dozen crew members lost their lives.

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Much of the wreckage remains as a memorial, with a plaque installed, and can be accessed through various trails across the moorlands. You can visit the wreck at any time as it's open all day and all year round, but it is rather eerie.

The walk leads you to the crash site from the summit of the Snake Pass through the moorlands.

The walk is about four miles long and takes you to one of the higher spots in the Peak District, but depending on the weather this can sometimes lead to poor visibility for visitors so it's important to be prepared. Whilst the trail doesn't take you directly to the crash site, if you veer slightly off the path you will come across the slabs of debris and many recognisable pieces of the plane.

The ruins are all really well-preserved considering the tragic incident happened more than 70 years ago. One review on TripAdvisor read: "What a sight. This is not for the fainthearted.

The US Air Force Boeing RB-29A Superfortress crashed near Higher Shelf Stones on Bleaklow in the Peak District in 1948.
The US Air Force Boeing RB-29A Superfortress crashed near Higher Shelf Stones on Bleaklow in the Peak District in 1948. -Credit:Kris Gleave

"I found it a very sombre place. Was a wet and miserable day so I was the only walker for miles. Was lovely to see the tributes and the symbols made from rocks."

Another wrote: "A must visit, no accessible path, just an uneven dirt path to get there, it isn't well signposted but there is a good amount of information when you get there. A very moving visit, a startling reminder of what can go wrong over the hills, even for experienced pilots."