Heading off up Tintwhistle Knarr, the steep area just beyond the trees is where three Hurricanes crashed,.
My walk on Tintwhistle Knarr; although a short one, would still
allow me to visit 5 crashsites and would be a very good warm up for
the following day. I thought 'Tintwhistle Knarr' was about as
yorkshire a name as you could get, a bit like what Ecclefechan is to
Three Hurricanes flying in formation flew into this hillside.
It was less than a mile walk to reach the first crashsite where
three Hurricanes flying in formation had collided with the hill,
however as far as I know wreckage has only been found at one location.
Before reaching that however I passed a sort of memorial cross lower
down the hill below the trees which dedicated itself to all 5 of the
crashsites of Tintwhistle Knarr. This was to be the first of many
crosses that I would encounter on this hill.
above and below:- Well actually there were three crosses here if
you count the crosses that had been placed on the cross!
Once onto the steep rocky ground where it is believed the three
Hurricanes crashed I only found wreckage at the single published
location, so I could only count this as one on my 'crashsites found'
list. I had a quick look around in the vicinity for signs of the
other two but I was aware countless other people had probably
searched for them to no avail so didn't spend too much time
scrabbling about on the boulder strewn slope.
above and below:-crashsite of one of the three Hurricanes.
Fragments of Hurricane and yet another cross.
More wreckage photos
From the Hurricane site it was a short but steep; to start with,
walk up onto the top of Tintwhistle Knarr where there is the remains of
an Avro Lancaster.
Straight on here to the Lancaster, right to the P38.
Approaching the crashsite of Lancaster
I was a bit dissapointed to find that someone had seen fit to 'tidy'
this crashsite so that it no longer resembled a crashsite; instead
there was just a neat pile of bits of Lancaster, and a whole load of
Pile of Lancaster bits on Tintwhistle Knarr.
More wreckage photos.
I totally understand why people leave crosses at crashsites; the
trouble is when too many people leave them they start to become a
bit cluttered! That was the case here, with wooden crosses, balsa crosses,
plywood crosses and metal crosses. I put them all behind a boulder
until I took some photos then put them back where I fouind them
before I left.
above and below:-Heading off to the P38 crashsite.
It was another short walk from the Lancaster over to the P38 and all
I had to do to find it was follow along beside a barbed wire fence
then look for yet another cross sticking up above the heather.
Area where the P38 crashed.
Good selection of crosses at this one as well.
More crashsite photos.