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Name:Higher Shelf Stones
Hill number:2809
Height:621m / 2037ft
Parent (Ma):2807  Kinder Scout
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Peak District
County/UA:Derbyshire (CoU)
Catchment:Mersey, Trent
Watershed:Humber Estuary, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Liverpool Bay, Land's End to John o' Groats, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Nuttall, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge
Grid ref:SK 08890 94793
Summit feature:boulder 4m NW of trig point
Col:606m  SK090953  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 110
(1:25k) OL1W
Observations:top of boulder is 1m higher than trig point base; boulder 25m S at SK 08891 94768 is as high
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • B29 Superfortress wreckage at SK 09041 94897

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From Snake pass. Featherbed Top, Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow Head and Alport Moor. Grey and Windy.Alunrees3306/04/2018
Out and back from Torside Reservoir to Bleaklow Head and Higher Shelf stones along PWDan Baddeley11/03/2018
From Snake Pass Inn via Snake Woods, with Bleaklow HeadRedAndy5414/01/2018
From Old Glossop via Yellow Stacks, Dog Rocks and Shelf Moss on to Pennine Way. Pennine Way to Bleaklow Head. Back down Pennine Way and out to Higher Shelf Stones. Back to Pennine Way down Devil's Dike and Doctor's Gate to Old Glossop.raymooremanx02/12/2017
Night assault from top of Snake Pass. Pennine Way to Bleaklow Head first then across some peat hags to here. Hags much bigger and more interesting in getting back to the road.jonglew03/11/2017
13.6 mile circular from Glossop in clear, cold and sunny conditions, Followed road from Glossop to Hadfield and walked along Longdendale Trail to where it meets Pennine Way, climbed Pennine Way onto Torside Clough and followed it to summit, took Pennine Way south for little way then cut across moor and bog to the plane crash and trig on Higher Shelf Stones, back along trails to Pennine Way then followed Doctors Gate Path back down to Glossop. Classic walk, quite wet and boggy on paths, this is our 8th ascent of Bleaklow.DanTrig29/10/2017
Late afternoon walk in the sunshine from Snake Pass via Bleaklow Head.Winterfloodian28/09/2017
surprisingly not as boggy as expected from snake pass on pennine way to Crowden solocolinfielding12/09/2017
With Joe & Dan picking bilberrieshcjohn12/08/2017
On Gold NNAS Assessment.Wheelsy25/06/2017
Ashton Clough, Yellowslacks, Bleaklow Head, and Higher Shelf Stoneshillexplorer26/05/2017
Evening ascent from Torside Reservoir following Pennine Way alongside Torside Clough to Bleaklow Head, the cutting across to the Hern Stones, and on to Higher Shelf Stones. Returned via the same route, ~ 16 Km, 500 m ascent, beautify sunny evening.VirtualMountain23/05/2017
Walked across the moor from Bleaklow Head to Higher Shelf Stones, on intermittent paths. Descended to the Pennine Way, which was followed back to the Snake Pass. With ST, JT and HT.Sprog07/05/2017
Continuation of Transpeak walk - the sun now made an appearance for the remainder of the afternoon and hazy views as far as Win Hill possible. Proceeded back to Glossop via Doctor's gate. T-shirt weather in mid-October!JOHNS15/10/2016
Boggy walk from Bleaklow but worth it for the viewAltheus09/08/2016
On way back from Bleaklow Head towards Snake Pass found the air craft wreckage also ..Haygalzer16/07/2016
put for a short walk with a group kelly debs carl and othersDarren-44319/06/2016
2/3 Second of three. This day had everything rain, wind, sun, fog, snow, hailstones (Bleaklow Head/Higher Shelf Stones/Alport Moor)Fergalh30/04/2016
From Snake pass up PW glorious sunshine with snow covering the hills. Beautiful. Walked through B52 crash site, just a few minutes east of trig.mart079710/04/2016
from Snake pass to see the B29 wreckageAlex1759504/04/2016
Revisiting Bleaklow with Dave and his parents. One-way two-car walk from summit of Snake Pass to Higher Shelf Stones and Bleaklow Head then descend to Torside visitor centre. Good weather again - hazy sunshine.Skip20/03/2016
Old Glossop - Lightside - Yellowslack - followed Yellowslacks Brook then Dowstone Brook to the Hern Stones - Higher Shelf Stones (621m) & Trig (Strange light to the West and North picking out the distant snow smudged hills of Snowdonia and Bowland) - James Thorn - Mossy Lea Farm - Old Glossopbriandavies10/01/2016
With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave04/10/2015
Nothing bleak about Bleaklow todaydavechick04/10/2015
Group walk with Miko, Helen, Jim and Dave. Eleven-mile circular from Old Glossop: Doctors Gate, Snake Pass, Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow Head, Cock Hill, descent by the old quarry road. Great weather - hazy sunshine, cool breeze - and the Bleaklow plateau looked magnificent. The aircraft crash site was sombre and moving.Skip04/10/2015
Walked from Snake Pass layby, up the Pennine Way to Bleaklow Head then across minor paths to look at the remains of the USAF Boeing RB-29A Superfortress near Higher Shelf Stones and visit that summit. Warm and windy day.Lazylizzie21/08/2015
Went up for Longdendale via The Pennine Way, went in and out to Higher Shelf Stones and down via Near Black Clough.Footsteps26/04/2015
Section of Pennine Way - Snake Pass to Kinder Scout.Erika06/04/2015
Nice windy afternoon out on the paved path from Snake Pass - left the path for Featherbed Top then down to Mill Hill, before turning back over the road and heading off across the peat to Higher Shelf Stones. Decided to leave Bleaklow Head for a day when I have time to get across to Alport Moor too :) Caution needed when leaving toward the west - it's on a bit of a blind crest and the layby is angled away from the road, anyone going much above the limit (and there are a few!) will struggle to slow down for youthe_adam30/03/2015
From Tor side car park along Pennine way via bleaklow head.Owain G10/01/2015
Another great circular in the Peak District, parking in Old Glossop near the church, from there over to Cock Hill, over to the Pennie Way over to Bleaklow Head, then Higher Shelf Stones, via crash site of B29, 66 years to day, sad and thought provoking place, back down via Doctors Gate, 17.5k in total.griefmiester03/11/2014
Up from Old Glossop via Hern Stones and back by Doctor's GateMountainTerrier06/09/2014
From Bleaklow Head via Wain Stones. Thin path off Pennine Way.mick31/07/2014
Climbed on the return from Bleaklow Head. Went to the Snake Inn for Beer & Ice Cream afterwards.DanMaisieBex26/07/2014
From Snake Pass taking in Featherbed Top then Bleaklow Head. Visited crash site.BobHancock24/06/2014
Glossop to Bleaklow..Caddy200022/06/2014
Fourth Hill (but only 2nd summit) of a long circular walk from Snake pass, Visiting The Tower at Alport Castles, Alport Moor (not summit) Grains in the WAter, Bleaklow stones, Bleaklow hill, Wain stones, Hern Stones, and here going on to climb Featherbed top, cross the Salvin ridge and then take a forestry track over Lady clough and then a track on hill close to River Ashop before joining the Snake pass. I climbed the highest boulder fortunately as it did look significantly higher than the trig point! I was so surprised to come across the wreckage of that B49 superfortress plane, An amazing scene just seeing the wreckage lying there since 1948.Dazingdale18/04/2014
Circular walk from Birchin Clough Bridge car park (SK 109914). Saukin Ridge, Featherbed Top, Snake Pass, Higher Shelf Stones, Hern Stones, Bleaklow Head, Pennine Way, Doctor's Gate & Lady Clough. Low cloud & strong wind. Not a day to linger. Walked this area in early 1990's, before keeping records.Richard Gunn16/03/2014
En route to Mill Hill from the Snake Inn on a TGO Challengers' reunion weekend, with 21 others; only 8 of us made it to Mill Hill!Phreerunner08/03/2014
On TGOC Spring Gathering walk 2014alistairpooler08/03/2014
Started from Torside Reservoir car park. Pennine way to Bleaklow Head, Wain Stones, Higher Shelf Stones, Devil's Dyke the Doctor's gate towards Glossop. Small Clough then quarry up to meet Pennine Way at Clough Edge for return. Mountain hares seen on Bleaklow plateau.PaulH05/03/2014
Dark Mountains with PaulMick299125/01/2014
Multiple previous ascents. First ascent date not known.ngthack08/01/2014
Bleaklow Head, Higher Shelf Stonesronaldo33313/10/2013
with Bleaklow Head on a Sunday with Sharon and Lizzie.Lou08/09/2013
Circular route from Old Glossop via Cock Hill & Bleaklow Head. Visited the wreck site near the top.citygent21/08/2013
Solo ascent from A57 layby at Doctor's Gate culvert by heading NW along Doctor's Gate crossing over Pennine Way before heading NE from small cairn on Doctor's Gate along lip of Crooked Clough then crossing brook after waterfall to head NW up Gathering Hill. Carried onto Overexposed crash site, Hern Sones and Wain Stones to reach Bleaklow Head and return by Pennine Way.pwhitaker_196610/08/2013
Started at Glossop. There was low cloud up the plateau. No views.dromeas21/07/2013
Doc gate up - Cock Hill downPepandJen06/07/2013
Revisited Higher Shelf Stones with Jack as part of a 11.8 mile walk. Weather not great. Visited wreck nearby.meltdiceburg13/06/2013