Sliddens wreck walk

I've been busy the last couple of weeks, and as a result I've been a bit remiss about posting stuff to my blog - as Bob reminded me yesterday - so I'm making up for it today. A couple of weeks ago I helped out on one of the guided walks arranged by the Ranger Service. We set off from Crowden and headed towards Lad's Leap - well, the main party did, I'd forgotten my boots, had to dash home for them and ended up playing catch up. It wasn't a particularly promising day, and by the time we got to Lad's Leap we were well up into the clag.

Sliddens Moss

We then headed over towards Laddow, and by the time we got there about an hour later the weather had changed beyond recognition. This often happens, and it's one of the reasons why people often get lost in the Dark Peak, as as well as improving as it did here, it can get worse even quicker!

Sliddens Moss

We headed north along the Pennine Way from Laddow, stopping where the path drops down towards Crowden Great Brook for lunch. Straight after lunch we crossed the brook, followed by a sharpish climb up onto Sliddens Moss - just the thing to settle your butties ;-) In the foreground is Crowden Castles, one of the many landslide features found in the Dark Peak. Behind that you can see the edge of the Bleaklow plateau, and in the far distance, Kinder.

Sliddens Moss

One of the selling point of this particular walk was that it included a visit to the site where two meteor jets crashed on 12th April 1951. The lead pilot thought that he was near to Leeds, descended down through cloud to what he though was his airfield and flew into the ground. His wingman followed him into the ground, and the resulting wreckage is spread over about half a mile of moor.

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After everyone had their fill of wreckage we headed off Sliddens towards the ruined sheepfold at the confluence of Meadow Clough and Crowden Little Brook, the valley in the foreground. In the background you can see the northern edge of the Bleaklow plateau.

Sliddens Moss

Finally we had a rest and a snack in the sheepfold before heading back to Crowden. That's Bob, doing his best to add to the pollution from Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds. He's also got his GPS out, so I presume he didn't know where we were - right Bob? ;-)

Sliddens Moss