Adam McClean looks for aircraft wreck above Glossop

Part of the wreckage of the B-29 that crashed in the peaks above Glossop. Credit: Adam McClean

In the latest instalment of our My Favourite Walk series our reporter Adam McClean climbs the Derbyshire hills in search of a crashed Boeing B-29 Superfortress.

My favourite walk takes me into the peaks high above the town of Glossop. It is nestled just on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

The route I take is approximately six miles long. During that distance you will climb about 2,500ft. It should take around four hours at a leisurely pace.

The real purpose of this walk is to take in the awe-inspiring wreckage of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress that lies within sight of the summit of Higher Shelf Stones.

I would consider this route to be quite strenuous and care needs to be taken when walking in the Peak District at any time of year, particularly during winter.

Always let somebody know where you are going and what time you expect to be back. Make sure you look at the weather forecast.

My interest in the Derbyshire hills stems from my fascination with flight. I am learning to fly myself, which has instilled a desire to learn from aviators of times past.

The B-29 Superfortress known as Overexposed slammed into the peak on 3 November 1948 as it flew from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire to RAF Burtonwood near Warrington.

As the crew prepared to land, its pilot lowered the nose into heavy cloud that covered the peak. The crash killed all thirteen men on board.

Sadly souvenir hunters and rust have taken their toll on the wreckage, but the hills that brought an end to Overexposed have done a pretty good job at looking after her.