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Higher Shelf Stones
621m (2038ft)

The Dark Peak Area, The Peak District, Derbyshire, England

The plane wreckage 150m north-east of Higher Shelf Stones belongs to a Boeing RB-29A Superfortress No. 44-61999 which crashed about 11am on 3rd November 1948 while descending through the clouds. All 13 crew members died. It belonged to the 16th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 91st Reconnaissance Group, 311th Air Division, Strategic Air Command, USAF.


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233rd highest in England,
403rd in England & Wales

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Walk Higher Shelf Stones walking UK Mountains in The Dark Peak Area The Peak District National Park Derbyshire    England

Higher Shelf Stones Summit

Photo: Norman Howarth

Higher Shelf Stones is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL1
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)


OS Landranger Map 110
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)



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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Higher Shelf Stones Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Higher Shelf Stones

Mark Pritchard walked up on October 1st, 2020 [from/via/route] Moorland path from Snake Pass [with] Tim and Andrew walking colleagues [weather] Started off low cloud but cleared to a bright sunny but chilly day - Added in to a walk to see the plane wreckage at Higher Shelf

Nicky Kelly climbed on July 25th, 2020 [from/via/route] D172 Bleaklow head and higher shelf stones walk from old glossop [with] Grace [weather] Overcast but no rain

Angela Moroney bagged during 2020 [with] JL

Mike Walker hiked on November 28th, 2003 [from/via/route] Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel [with] Alone [weather] Bit crap - misty on the tops

Kevin Foster summited on April 5th, 2019 [from/via/route] Old Glossop [with] Henry. [weather] Sunny, high cloud, fresh breeze. - The crossing from the Wain Stones to higher Shelf Stones across 'a boggy morass' as described in some books again wasn't half as bad as expected. The first objective was the Hern Stones for more photographs and clambering about. Then making a beeline for Higher Shelf Stones a fairly decent path was picked up which went past the rather sad scattered remains of a super fortress bomber that crashed just short of the summit here in 1948. The steep drop just past the summit rocks of Higher Shelf Stones meant the views were much better than from the flat table top of Bleaklow Head. The lengthy but pleasant return to Old Glossop was first via Crooked Clough before joining the obvious path known as Doctor's Gate all the way back to the town.

Margaret Richards conquered on August 15th, 2011 [from/via/route] d122 Bleaklow Head and Higher Shelf Stones from the Snake Pass [with] Don - Interesting walk

Wayne Linley scaled on September 10th, 2017 [from/via/route] Old Glossop-Bleaklow Head [with] Simon fleming mate from work [weather] very windy.poor visibility, Low cloud, prolonged rain showers - Good Navigation and good compass work won the day, visited the B29 wreck, found it very poignant.

Tony Rogerson walked up on September 25th, 2016 [from/via/route] Birchen Clough Doctor's Gate Higher Shelf Stones Bleaklow Head Bleaklow Stones Grains in the Water Alport Moor Birchin Clough [with] Caz Floss [weather] Windy and mostly dry

Caroline Winter climbed on May 6th, 2016 [from/via/route] Reaps Farm, SE Pennine Way, Bleaklow Head, Higher Shelf Stones trig [with] Solo [weather] Very warm and dry - Purpose to Higher Shelf Stones to view "Over Exposed" wreckage. Fellow walkers met at Trig had walked straight past and not seen plane and were searching in wrong place. So easy to do if you're in an adjacent trough!

Darren Mortimer bagged on April 2nd, 2016 [from/via/route] Glossop [with] Dermot Palmer [weather] Rained all day

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Higher Shelf Stones

Higher Shelf Stones from the Pennine Way where it crosses the A57 Snake Pass

Higher Shelf Stones from the Pennine Way where it crosses the A57 Snake Pass

Photo: Ben Lockett (1)

The Northern Edge of Kinder Scout taken from Higher Shelf Stones, looking SW to the Snake Pass (A57).

The Northern Edge of Kinder Scout taken from Higher Shelf Stones, looking SW to the Snake Pass (A57).

Photo: Judi Friend (1)

19th Centuary Grafitti on Higher Shelf Stones

19th Centuary Grafitti on Higher Shelf Stones

Photo: Norman Howarth (9)

19th Centuary Grafitti on Higher Shelf Stones

19th Centuary Grafitti on Higher Shelf Stones

Photo: Norman Howarth (10)

Plane Wreckage from the crashed flying fortress on Higher Shelf Stones.

Plane Wreckage from the crashed flying fortress on Higher Shelf Stones.

Photo: Christine Shepherd (189)

The view from the summit of Higher Shelf Stones

The view from the summit of Higher Shelf Stones

Photo: Christine Shepherd (186)

Higher Shelf Stones summit trig point

Higher Shelf Stones summit trig point

Photo: Christine Shepherd (188)

War time Graffiti on Higher Shelf Stones

War time Graffiti on Higher Shelf Stones

Photo: Christine Shepherd (187)

Glossop from Higher Shelf Stones

Glossop from Higher Shelf Stones

Photo: Norman Howarth (7)

*The Devils Dyke from Higher Shelf Stones

*The Devils Dyke from Higher Shelf Stones

Photo: Kevin Lavelle (5)


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