Over the Moor, Take me to the Moor.

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    ... and I'll lay me down Large and Dark.

    While on holiday we decided to take a trip to Bleaklow a 2,077ft summit in the 'Dark Peak' area of the Peak District and, behold, here is the summit cairn just to show we made it to the top.

    There were two inspirations for our expedition - the first being to visit the remains of a Superfortress which crashed near the summit on November 3rd 1948. Sadly the crew of 13 perished - all the more tragic as they were due to return to the USA three days later.

    The flight was to transport payroll money and mail from Scampton in Lincolnshire to Burtonwood near Warrington and was flown in low visibility. Had the course been 100 ft higher the crash would have been avoided.

    While the bodies of the crew and anything of value/salvage were removed after the crash, the rest of the wreckage was left and is still largely visible today - the nature of the environment means that preservation extends to fabric from the seats, webbing and suchlike and it's quite a sobering moment to see the debris field.

    The presence of the wreck is largely unknown to the majority of people who brave Bleaklow and it was only through an article in a walking magazine we subscribe to that we came to know about it.... it's even visible on Google Maps which also gives an indication of the terrain. Bleaklow is a large sprawling summit and isn't somewhere you'd nip out to for a Sunday afternoon stroll.

    The other reason for the trip was for me to retrace the route I took some 25 or so years ago when I walked the Pennine Way with my dad - having travelled up to Edale the previous day and conquered Kinder Scout we spent a night at the Snake Inn before crossing Bleaklow and descending into Longdendale and Crowden Youth Hostel.

    The weather was perfect for this stage of the Pennine Way as the peat had dried to an almost sawdust like quality - the next peak on the route being the aptly named Black Hill who's summit is a vaste area of naked peat bog and we were glad of the firm support underfoot. East of the summit of Black Hill is Holme Moss television transmitter which is visible in the distance on the large and dark view...

    .. and beyond Black Hill, although not visible here, is Saddleworth Moor where the graves of three of the children killed in the Moors Murders were found.

    Whenever I think of the moors in this area the song Suffer Little Children by The Smiths comes to mind. One of the first songs Morrissey wrote with Johnny Marr it was the B-side to Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now and remains one of my favourite Smiths tracks.

    Bleaklow is a sobering place for many reasons - both historic and natural. A place to pause and think (but only in good weather).

    I'll leave you with the Morrisey's lyrics and to...

    ... enjoy.

    Over the moor, take me to the moor
    Dig a shallow grave
    And I'll lay me down.
    Over the moor, take me to the moor
    Dig a shallow grave
    And I'll lay me down.

    Lesley-Anne, with your pretty white beads.
    Oh John, you'll never be a man
    And you'll never see your home again.

    Oh Manchester, so much to answer for.

    Edward, see those alluring lights?
    Tonight will be your very last night.

    A woman said: "I know my son is dead
    I'll never rest my hands on his sacred head".

    Hindley wakes and Hindley says
    Hindley wakes, Hindley wakes, Hindley wakes, and says:
    "Oh, wherever he has gone, I have gone".

    But fresh lilaced moorland fields
    Cannot hide the stolid stench of death.
    Fresh lilaced moorland fields
    Cannot hide the stolid stench of death.

    Hindley wakes and says
    Hindley wakes, Hindley wakes, Hindley wakes, and says :
    "Oh, whatever he has done, I have done".

    But this is no easy ride
    For a child cries
    "Oh, find me ... find me, nothing more
    We are on a sullen misty moor
    We may be dead and we may be gone
    But we will be, we will be, we will be, right by your side
    Until the day you die
    This is no easy ride
    We will haunt you when you laugh
    Yes, you could say we're a team
    You might sleep
    You might sleep
    You might sleep
    But you will never dream"

    Superlekker, an untrained eye, [enne], and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Dead Slow 68 months ago | reply

      Mmm, such gorgeous tones in your photo. And I just had an all-day Smiths binge on Sunday. That one, though, really among their best. Thank you.

    2. teddave 68 months ago | reply

      consummate pic as ever accompanied by well measured and very readable txt

    3. Peter Keyngnaert (pkeyn) 68 months ago | reply

      Apart from the tones that fit both the weather and your story very well, I really like the second pole in there - as if they are communicating!

    4. beechlights 67 months ago | reply

      That is nice, particulary large and dark.

      I often think I prefer countryside like this when its overcast.

    5. FrAcTuReD...fOtOs 67 months ago | reply

      I would have loved to have joined you on this trip mate - the atmosphere looks hauntingly beautiful and of course there are always the great stories.

    6. Superlekker 67 months ago | reply

      I have always wanted to go there.... it's near where my ex-boyfriend's parents live, and his dad told me about the wreck. However, he could not be bothered to go, and I doubt I will ever go now. Long live the Smiths.

    7. thoughtfactory 67 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called www.flickr.com/groups/998100@N23/, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    8. jamesbooth_london 67 months ago | reply

      Very atmospheric, well worth the full size view.

    9. Another Partial Success 67 months ago | reply

      Dead Slow Thankyou! A day of The Smiths sounds like a great idea... and I'm definitely with you on this one being one of their best songs.

      teddave You're too kind - cheers mate!

      Niklas Plessing Ta!

      pkeyn I'm glad you spotted that - there is a certain relationship... and also with the mast on the horizon - the third party in the communication!

      beechlights Definitely... and especially this landscape.

      FrAcTuReD...fOtOs - onecrowdedhour in Bangladesh Next time you're here... we'll go!

      Superlekker You should still go - it's well worth the effort and there are some great places to stay nearby. Long live The Smiths indeed!

      poodly Done!

      jamesbooth_london Thankyou - the full view is definitely worth a look!


    10. no name slob 67 months ago | reply

      Somber but beautiful -- just like the song. Thank you for adding this to the plagiarise group.

    11. an untrained eye 66 months ago | reply

      This is fabulous, Jon. Wonderfully moody. And I share your love for the Smiths' song - indeed, if memory serves me, I've even pinched a line as a title for one of my photographs.

    12. Another Partial Success 65 months ago | reply

      no name slob You're welcome... and thanks for the comment!

      an untrained eye ... indeed and it looks like the title was from the very same song - here!

      poodly Cheers - appreciated.


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