In 1932, five men were jailed for their part in the mass trespass of Kinder Scout, when about 500 men and women took to the hills in defiance of the law, which then decreed those hills and open moorland the sole province of the landed gentry. The freedoms we enjoy today, to wander and climb on the hills throughout Britain, were hard won!
Here’s an opportunity to celebrate the original trespass on the 80th Anniversary. I’d hoped for a better forecast to enable some climbing (for those who are keen) together with walking and running alternatives. I haven’t quite given up hope, but it ain’t looking good… SO, here’s the plan…
I plan to park at The Grouse (GR 905034) on the Glossop to Hayfield road) and to leave there at 6pm (this is the nearest start point to central Manchester to give the best chance of people making an after-work dash into the hills, and is also as near to the Kinder plateau as Bowden Bridge as well as being 100m higher 🙂 ) Then head over Burnt Hill and Mill Hill to meet the top of William Clough and thence onto the plateau. We’ll then wander along the Southern edge, making a smaller or larger excursion depending on weather & swiftness of foot, before heading back towards the reservoir and past the shooting cabin back to the Grouse for a well-earned pint (to toast the Trespassers, of course).
Do come along to mark this historic date – whether you fancy a gentle 5 mile walk or a 10 mile trot (or even a damp scramble) or just a pint afterwards…
You can get in touch to confirm intentions or for a real-time update on 07778 873512
The 80th celebrations don’t end there…
Helen Pritchard writes: “on Thursday the 26th of April. Pennine running club has invited other local clubs to come along to the Royal in hayfield at 7pm to hopefully run onto kinder. There will be options of a couple of routes of different lengths and speeds. Think it will be a social event rather than a serious run. Obviously all weather permitting but no doubt it will be a perfectly glorious afternoon. Fancy a stretch of your legs?”
and on Saturday Andy Howie will be leading a full day of exploration and discovery in his back yard – a.k.a. Kinder.