Walk the Peaks’ Aviation History Experience
A fantastic and unique walking experience which takes you on three contrasting walks as you explore this beautiful and wild part of the Peak District National Park and learn about some of the aviation history influenced by this unique landscape including the famous Dambusters of the RAF’s 617 squadron.
- Discover hidden aviation secrets in the Peak Districts wildest landscapes
- Experience and learn about the area’s nature and conservation with your guide
- Enjoy a 2 course lunch at the famous Yorkshire Bridge Inn and see their memorabilia of the Dambusters
- 7-8 hour experience
- Specially selected to be part of the official English National Park Experience Collection
Main Walk - USAF Boeing B-29 Superfortress
A short drive takes you to Bleaklow, the Peak District's second highest mountain and location of some of its wildest countryside. Here you will have opportunities to learn from your guide about the special moorland ecology and it's conservation. If you have an interest in navigation your guide will happily share some skills and you could even try navigating the group across a section of the notoriously complex Bleaklow moor!
The main crash site is an extensive area of wreckage from a USAF Boeing B-29 Superfortress nick-named “Over Exposed” which crashed on November 3rd 1948. This plane is famous for having filmed the first two Bikini Atoll atom bomb tests in July 1946 and it's involvement in relieving the West Berlin Blockade in 1948.
Lunch & Afternoon Walks
After a drive back to the Yorkshire Bridge Inn, relax and enjoy your “Dambusters” themed two course lunch and view their collection of Dambusters memorabilia.
Suitably refreshed a short drive takes you to Derwent Dam, the famous training location for the RAF’s 617 Dambusters squadron in 1943. Here you will visit the dam, a great place to take photos, and discover more about this ingenious and daring raid. You will also have an opportunity to visit the small visitor centre and gift shop.
To round off the day of aviation history and stunning hikes we head to a nearby hill for sweeping views of the area and a chance to reflect on this piece of history and the part played by the Peak District landscape.
Timings & Location
- Available: April to October. Bookings can be considered at other times but itinerary may vary.
- Location: Yorkshire Bridge Inn, Bamford, Derbyshire
- Start: 09:00
- Finish: 16:30 (times may vary)
Parking at walk locations will be on rough stone surfaced road side ground. Care should be taken when parking / exiting vehicles.
- Private bespoke tour: £225 total for 1 or 2 people. For larger groups add £55 each additional person.
Includes 2 course "Dambusters" lunch at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn. The itinerary of private tours can be tailored for the clients as a bespoke experience.
Available April to October on request.
- 1/2 day private tour: £155 total for 1 or 2 people. For larger groups add £40 each additional person.
Includes 2 course "Dambusters" lunch at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn (or without inclusive meal for £135). A customised itinerary will be created for you.
Available April to October on request.
Private tours are ideal for families or groups of up to 10 people.
- Group tours: £85 per person
Includes 2 course "Dambusters" lunch at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn.
Small groups, minimum 2.
Group tours are open for other people to book and run on set dates.
Group tours available on the following Thursdays in 2019
- April 4th & 25th
- May 9th
- June 6th & 27th
- July 25th
- August 8th & 29th
- October 10th
Difficulty & Terrain
- Grade: Moderate (suitable for regular walkers with reasonable degree of fitness)
- Total Length: 15km/9miles
- Total Height Gain: 450m/1400ft
The three walks are on a mixture of good tracks with some smaller footpaths which are rough in places. The afternoon walk to the viewpoint includes a hill of either 100m or 250m (800ft). At any time of year there are likely to be some wet and muddy sections, especially during the morning walk on Bleaklow with it's peat bogs. We will be leaving the paths for about 2km of walking across rougher ground as we head to the crash site so walking boots providing ankle support and keeping your feet dry are strongly recommended.
Recommended Equipment & Clothing
- Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (no jeans)
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers (if could be wet)
- Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick)
- Walking boots (Some areas are rough and uneven and off paths so boots providing good ankle support recommended rather than low cut walking/trail shoes. Boots will also keep your feet drier than walking shoes in boggy area.) No trainers.
- Warm hat and gloves or sun hat if sunny
- Food, drink and snacks for the day. We will have a couple of food stops whilst out on the hill.
- Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief etc and any personal medication)
- Rucksack with waterproof liner/bag
- Money for optional visit to gift shop/cafe or other additional purchases
Optional additions: gaiters and/or walking poles if you use them
Any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on +44 (0)7928677626
Advanced booking required for all trips.
- Transport to each of the walk locations is not included. It is expected that people/groups will have their own transport. If you require assistance with transport please let us know.
- This experience is not suitable for children under 13 years. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
- For safety & insurance reasons clients are requested not to drink alcohol until after the tour finishes, when we return to the Yorkshire Bridge Inn.