Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Bilberries are not Ready yet!

I remember walking on Black Hill when I did the Marsden to Edale route with the Castle mountaineering club Black Hill really was black. A visit today revealed a wonderful environment with much fresh new growth. Today we enjoyed scrambling along a stream bed we had fun searching for an aircraft wreck. Earlier in the day we discovered a beautiful grotto with an excellent cascade.

The route map for our walk is shown below. Spot the aircraft wreck,  you can observe it on a satellite view of the google map.

GPX file for route

Following the scrambling guide (see reference 2) we decided to wander our way along Crowden brook. As can be observed in the photograph, below, after passing the weir system at the start of Crowden brook the valley starts out quite broad with Laddow rocks on the left hand side of the valley.

We were soon rock hopping along the stream bed, this was something that was encouraged by Louis. It's not a real scramble but it's sufficiently fun to feature in the scramble guide. For the last few days it had been fairly dry so we could do most of our stream scrambling with dry feet. Not a problem for Louis he went for it and got wet feet anyway!
Rather than continue with our scramble the view of Laddow rocks was quite enticing, we decided to take a closer look.

We had a great time scrambling the stream bed of crowden brook. We climbed up out of the valley near Oaken Clough, where we found some wonderful waterfalls. After scrambling up through immature bracken and thick bilberry and with the odd scramble we found the path proceeding below Laddow rocks.

We had a good chat with some people on the top of Black hill while we were munching on sandwiches.We were told about the aircraft wrecks and given the position (longitude/latitude) which could used to locate the wreck using google maps. Google maps worked out a 6 mile route to the wreck, we didn't take advantage of that,instead we were walked directly across the moor via Wrigleys cabin.
Wrigleys cabin

The aircraft wreck we located was a single jet engined Sabre F86E which crashed on a test flight on December 14th 1954. The crash site is at grid reference SE 091051 (see reference1)

Louis was the first there it was quite clear from 100m away contrasting against the dark peat
Before visiting the aircraft wreck we went to Wrigleys cabin a stone shelter
Holme moss wireless mast.
I've got to take my hat off to Louis he mad an effort to understand how to read the map and use it to determine which route we should take.

Louis has been warned not to pea on the moor because people might eat the Bilberries he sampled a load yesterday and reminded me that the Bilberries are not quite ready! What a fabulous day we both had great fun I'm enthusiastic to return to this part of the Peak.


  1. Dark Peak Aircraft Wrecks 1: Ron Collier and Roni Wilkinson pub. Leo Cooper
  2. Scrambles in the Dark Peak , Tom Corker and Terry Sleaford, Cicerone press

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