Cross Country.

Hawker Hurricane PZ851, PZ765 or PZ854,

Avro Lancaster PA411,

Lockheed P38 Lightning 42-67207

on Tintwhistle Knarr.
(Distance covered = 2.60 mile/ Ascent =292m)

Heather was off to dance in a Military Tattoo on the Isle of Wight, luckily she didn't want me to drive her all the way there; she had arranged a lift from Huddersfield with another Dancer who was taking part in the Tattoo, so I was dropping her off there.

Huddersfield is not far up the road from the Peak district, I was dropping Heather off at Huddersfield early on saturday morning then picking her up late sunday evening; so, what could I do in the interim?

Heather's car 'Dory' parked below Tintwhistle Knarr.

On the saturday I decided I would tackle a shorter walk because I figured by the time I'd done my Dad's taxi duties to Huddersfield, then had some breakfast, then driven down to the Peak District it could be well into the day. Also doing a shorter walk would mean I would have plenty of time afterwards to get some tea then relocate Dory ready for an early start on sunday morning. My plan on sunday was to do a much longer walk of 14+ mile which incorporated 7 crashsites.

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 Scotland.

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 PA411.

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 crosses!

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.