Last Sunday I went for a 16km hike across the moors of the Lammermuir Hills, not very far from Edinburgh, to an air wreck site that is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It was a gloomy day due to thick cloud cover and the bleakness of the destination made it even more of a gloomy walk.
The wreck site is of that of a Boston Paul Defiant which crashed high up (at an altitude of about 450m) in the Lammermuir Hills during the Second World War. The site has a memorial at it, and is a war grave. Apparently the aircraft crashed at such a steep angle and at such a high speed that it became buried in the peat and mud to such a depth that recovery of the pilot was impossible, so he remains there at the site.
There are a few sad bits of the aircraft still lying about, mainly small scraps of mangled metal and some pieces of rubber (one of which had the word ‘Dunlop’ still clearly visible on it). The surrounding landscape is barren and empty, with views to the Cheviot and Eildon Hills. You can see photographs I took of the site on my website here.
Although this was a reasonably long walk, it was mostly along level 4×4 tracks so was not really all that arduous. A lot of these tracks run alongside large electricity pylons that buzz menacingly, adding even more to the air of general unease that you just can’t help feeling in this unwelcoming landscape.