23 km / 14 miles
The Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout 75 years ago has been described as the most significant event in the century-old battle for the Right to Roam on Britain’s mountains and moors, a right now enshrined in the 2000 Countryside and Rights of Way Act.
On the weekend of April 21-22, 2007, walkers from all over Britain congregated at the former mill town of New Mills to celebrate the 75th anniversary of that iconic and pivotal event.
Among the features of the weekend was the inauguration of the 14-mile Trespass Trail following in the footsteps of the trespassers, the idea of New Mills man and first chairman of Natural England, Sir Martin Doughty, whose father, Harold, witnessed the Mass Trespass.
The Manchester ramblers resolved to organize a well-publicised Mass Trespass onto Kinder Scout on Sunday 24 April 1932. Kinder, the highest point in the Peak District at 2,088ft/636m, was owned by the Duke of Devonshire and walkers were forbidden. The Trail takes in most of the important locations which featured in the build up to, and events of, the 1932 Mass Trespass. It also crosses the impressive recently built Millennium Walkway. In 2002, Andrew, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, publicly apologized at the 70th anniversary celebration event of the Kinder trespass at Bowden Bridge for his grandfather’s ‘great wrong’ in 1932.
Sir Martin Doughty sadly died on 4 March, 2009 and will be remembered as a life-long advocate for British conservation and access.
||Easy; Moorland; Heritage
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SJ999854 - New Mills Heritage Centre, Derbyshire
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||Trespass Trail (New Mills Heritage and Information Centre - 2007)
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