Saturday, 1 July 2000

Mountain Profile: Higher Shelf Stones

High Shelf Stones above Gathering Hill
Height: 621m (2,307ft)
Prominence: 15m (49ft)
Region: Peak District Dark Peak
Classifications: Nuttall
Summit feature: Trig pillar
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
Trig pillar on the summit
Higher Shelf Stones is one of three summits on the Bleaklow plateau above 2,000 feet, the others being Bleaklow Stones and Bleaklow Head.

On 3 November 1948, USAF Boeing RB-29A Superfortress 44-61999, of the 16th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 91st Reconnaissance Group, 311th Air Division, Strategic Air Command; crashed at Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow, whilst en route from Scampton to Burtonwood. All 13 crew members were killed. A large amount of wreckage is still visible, as a memorial to the crash.

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