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 CONSULTATION EVENTS (click for more details)


Kinder Visitor Centre Group, Hayfield, would like to invite you to participate in a series of public consultation events being held to explain their proposals for a Visitor Centre in Hayfield.


• Information Day: Saturday 11th October 2014
St Matthew’s Hall, 10.30am – 3.00 pm
• Public Meeting: Wednesday 22nd October
Royal Hotel function room, 7.30pm – 9.00 pm.

• Written Feedback form: Whether a resident or visitor, we would like to get your feedback. Look out for our form included with a Newsletter delivered to Hayfield households, at our consultation events and available on line

 

The Information Day will include an exhibition relating to our current work, with group members on hand to answer questions.
The Public Meeting will consist of a presentation, followed by the opportunity to ask questions, exchange opinions and contribute suggestions.

  

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: 1 Oct 2014