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Saturday 8th April 2017

The Peak District village of Hayfield is set to unveil some permanent installations in and around the village to inform visitors about the historic Mass Trespass that happened there in 1932. There will also be organised walks, and talks, stalls and refreshments in the Royal Hotel.

11am: meet at Royal Hotel.
11.15: unveiling of Station site board.
11.30 to 1.30: walk to William Clough via Snake Path, return via Bowden Bridge.
1.30 to 2.30: Refreshment break back at the Royal.
2.30: talks, stalls and displays in Royal Bistro/function room.
(If poor weather, walks can be curtailed in favour of more focus on events in the Royal.)

This project has been implemented by local voluntary organisation the Kinder Visitor Centre Group, funded largely by generous grants from the Peak District National Park (Sustainable Development Fund), with some additional financial support from Derbyshire County Council.
It means that for the first time in 85 years since this iconic event, there will be some permanent recognition of it within the village of Hayfield.
Details of the Trespass Trail Project.

• There is a large interpretation board for the car park and former railway station site. This explains the importance of the railway in bringing in hikers to Hayfield in the early decades of last century, and the part it played in bringing in the hundreds of trespassers from Manchester on 24th April 1932.
• In the village centre there is to be an interpretation board and notice board on the pharmacy frontage. These will explain the importance of the trespass in securing the right to roam, as encapsulated in legislation to set up National Parks and long distance footpaths.
• And at the beginning of the Snake footpath on Kinder Road, there is a plaque to commemorate the arrest and subsequent jailing of the trespass leaders on their return to the village.

A "Trespass Trail” walk is being promoted as a permanent visitor attraction for the village. It will link the three sites above with two other important sites: Bowden Bridge car park, where the trespassers rallied and were addressed by leader Benny Rothman before setting off; and William Clough, where the trespass occurred on the western slopes of Kinder Scout. There is already a plaque celebrating the trespass at Bowden Bridge, and an interpretation board about Kinder Scout. And at William Clough there is a National Trust board which celebrates the trespass.
By promoting the Trespass Trail walk as a visitor attraction on Peak District visitor websites it is hoped that more people will be attracted to Hayfield, to enjoy the installations, the local moorlands, and the village itself.

Kinder Mass Trespass  

In April 1932 over 400 people participated in a mass trespass onto Kinder Scout, a bleak moorland plateau, the highest terrain in the Peak District.

The event was organised by the Manchester branch of the British Workers Sports Federation. They chose to notify the local press in advance, and as a result, Derbyshire Constabulary turned out in force. A smaller group of ramblers from Sheffield set off from Edale and met up with the main party on the Kinder edge path.

Five men from Manchester, including the leader, Benny Rothman, were subsequently jailed.

75 years later the trespass was described as:



"the most successful direct action in British history"

Lord Roy Hattersley, 2007.

April 2012 saw the 80th Anniversary of the mass trespass of Kinder Scout celebrated by a week of walks, talks, and exhibitions, with a launch ceremony featuring Mike Harding, Stuart Maconie, and the leaders of major agencies involved in access to countryside. A new book was published, and commemorative posters are on sale.

This website sets out to explain why this event had such a far reaching impact that it is still so enthusiastically remembered and celebrated today.

The trespass is widely credited with leading to:

  • legislation in 1949 to establish the National Parks.
  • contributing to the development of the Pennine Way and many other long distance footpath.
  • securing walkers' rights over open country and common land in the C.R.O.W. Act of 2000.

The trespass was controversial at the time, being seen as a working class struggle for the right to roam versus the rights of the wealthy to have exclusive use of moorlands for grouse shooting. It remains controversial today, both for those reasons and because some think its importance has been overstated.

Our aim is to tell the story of the mass trespass, but to put it in the context of all the other contributions made to securing access rights to the moorlands, mountains and countryside of the UK.

Meeting at Bowden Bridge Quarry - Click to Enlarge

Mike Harding and Chapel Choir- Click to Enlarge

Peak District National Park Authority

We hope to go on to set up a permanent Kinder Visitor Centre in Hayfield (where the 400 Manchester trespassers set off from) dedicated to telling this story, and to serve as a focal point for visitors and for current moorland access issues.


  BLUE PLAQUE – 24/10/12, Unveiling of a Blue Plaque to commemorate the life of Benny Rothman
Online Shop - Kinder Images Range.
The Battle for Kinder Scout - updated version of Benny Rothman's book.
About Us - Kinder Visitor Centre Group.
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017