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June 11, 2022

Great Sleddale Hurricane Crash Site

On 12 June 1942 a Hawker Hurricane crashed in Great Sled Dale while being ferried from Henlow to Silloth.  Its pilot Alexander Ronald Leslie-Melville was killed.  Great Sled Dale, largely abandoned for over 50 years, is inaccessible and the crash site hard to find.  We will also visit a lead mine, copper mine, and field enclosure on a grand scale. We need to ford the beck many times and there are no bridges meaning wet feet or wellies if recent rainfall.  To reach the aircraft wreckage we need to navigate off-track on open moor.  Food: please bring a packed lunch and drinking water.

Distance: 9 miles          Rating: Moderate to Hard

Dogs must be kept on leads   NB: Walk commences from the  B6270 turn-off to Ravenseat