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Peak provides poignant plane promise

Posted 21 January 2011
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Peak provides poignant plane promise
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Those joining in a Peak District walk organised by national park rangers next month will be able to study one of the more poignant aspects of the landscape.

Held on February 19th, the Hares and Aeroplanes walk covers eight miles of high moorland above the Woodhead Pass, where participants may see mountain hares racing across the heather and will also encounter the wrecks of crashed aircraft.

Starting at 10.30 GMT from Crowden Car Park and continuing until 16:30, the event will require walkers to have good walking boots and bring warm clothing, such as fleeces and waterproof jackets.

The High Peak moors feature a number of wrecks, many of which date from the second world war, when blackouts of Manchester and Sheffield caused navigational difficulties for low-flying planes as they passed over the hills, often fatally staying too low.

It is not just the Peak District that features crashed planes, other examples being the remains of a Wellington bomber on Wetherlam in the Lake District.