Walk a Mile with Mick
Walk a Mile with Mick Melvin

Crash Site NGR: SK174967 Consul TF-RPM 12th April 1951.

Map required Outdoor Leisure 1 The Peak District
Details of the aircraft wrecks obtained from "Dark Peak Aircraft Wrecks" Ron Collier.
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The walk starts near to the head of Howden Reservoir, at the turning circle on the west side (NGR 167939). Begin by Click to view a bigger image of Crowstonesgoing through the gate, which bars traffic from going further up the reservoir, and follow the stony but easy track to the bridge at the head of the lake, at the spot called Slippery Stones. Cross over the bridge onto the Yorkshire side and immediately turn left (north) Click to view a bigger image This 17th century packhorse bridge once stood in Derwent village before it was floodedwith the construction of the Ladybower Reservoir, it was reconstructed on this spot in 1959. The wide path now passes between a large sheepfold and a steep banking before taking the footbridge that crosses the beck, which flows from the confluence ofCranberry and Bull Clough's. Almost immediately the way ahead divides and you take the path that turns east and into the Clough, to follow the stream chuckling away on your right. This path is called the Cut Gate track and is part of an ancient Bridleway,which was used to carry salt and other goods from Cheshire to the market towns of South Yorkshire. The path turns briefly into Bull Click to view a bigger imageClough before rising easily onto the moor top with views of the Margery hill ridge, and the Bull Stones standing prominently to the North. Follow the track which is heading straight for the top of the ridge, until you draw level with a prominent stone cairn which marks the junction of a minor path that crosses from right to left in front of you. Turn North on this narrow path which follows the contour across the moor to the Bull Stones, whichare now slightly below and behind you. On a clear day the views from the Bull Stones are excellent, with views of the Derwent reservoir to the south and as far as Bleaklow to the Northwest, with the rocky tors of Crow Stones to Click to view a bigger image the North.
Leave the Bull Stones and head in the direction of Crow Stones, and you will soon pick up a narrow path in the heather that takes more or less a level course across the moor, soon arriving at the head of a deep Clough that drops into the main Derwent valley on your left. This is Broadhead Clough and is easily identified because of a series of grouse butts which are scattered about it's head, it is at thispoint that you need to watch out for the debris from the crash site. While you are still in the area of the grouse butts progress along the narrow path in the direction of Crow Stones, and keep looking slightly uphill to your right (East) As you drop into a stream, which crosses the path, the crash site can be seen up stream in the bed of the shallow gully, which forms the streambed.
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