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Peak walk offers some plane modern history

Posted 4 February 2011
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Peak walk offers some plane modern history
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Those who like to go walking in the Peak District may already be familiar with some places where second world war aircraft crashed, but a guided walk run by national park rangers will set out to visit a number of sites on February 26th.

Staring at 10:00 GMT in the Fairholmes visitor centre and lasting until 16:30, the Aircraft Wrecks Close to Fairholmes walk will seek these out, with this taste of modern history being a permanent reminder of the tragedies that befell the crews, as by law pieces of wreckage cannot be removed.

The authority notes good walking boots and waterproof jackets will be required, as well as a packed lunch.

Exactly a week earlier, rangers will be leading an eight mile walk visiting more crash sites on the moors above the Woodhead Pass.

Many of the disasters occurred because of the difficulties encountered navigating while flying over high ground, not least with surrounding cities blacked out in the blitz.