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80th anniversary of Kinder trespass remembered

Posted 24 April 2012
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80th anniversary of Kinder trespass remembered
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Today (April 24th) is the 80th anniversary of the famous mass trespass on Kinder Scout.

A series of celebrations and commemorations are taking place to mark the occasion in 1932 when walkers setting off from Hayfield to the west and Sheffield from the east set about climbing onto the plateau, which was off-limits.

Several trespassers were arrested and imprisoned after clashes with gamekeepers, but the event is widely regarded as having bolstered the access movement and leading to the creation of national parks, along with laws progressively increasing the ability of the public to go walking in such places.

Kinder 80 Festival organiser Roly Smith said: "The Mass Trespass in 1932 was the iconic event in the century-old battle for the right to roam on the mountain and moors."

Talks, re-enactments and even a trespass-themed ceilidh are among the events taking place.

The Peak District - including Kinder Scout - became the first UK national park in 1951 and the numerous paths across the 2,088 ft high peak include two alternative routes for the Pennine Way.