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Going car free round Kinder

Posted 15 May 2012
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Going car free round Kinder
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Last month's festivities surrounding the 80th anniversary of the Great Kinder Trespass of 1932 acted as a great reminder of how much progress has been made in allowing the public the freedom to go walking on the mountains and hills of England.

But one thing that has not changed is that a car is not necessary for walking around the High Peak area.

Back in 1932, trespass leader Benny Rothman and others cycled to Hayfield from Manchester, but only because police had been planning to intercept them at Manchester Central Station. Unlike now, it was possible then to get a train to Hayfield, but nearby New Mills has two stations on different lines out of the city and there is a bus link (the 358 from Stockport).

Moreover, the Great Trespass also included a second group from Sheffield who managed to cross the plateau from Edale on the east side of the mountain, with the village having a railway station on the Hope Valley line from Manchester to Sheffield - one that many walkers disembark at on weekend days.

This accessibility by public transport is something the Car Free Walks website has noted in its latest newsletter. This features several walks in the area that can be undertaken without a car, using the excellent public transport links.

Among these are a walk from Edale to Hope stations via Kinder and Alport Castles, the Barber Booth Horseshoe (including Kinder's 2,088 ft summit) and a walk that feels like a school geography field trip, including Mam Tor and the Speedwell Cavern.

But these walks are not the only possibilities. Bus users can enjoy the Kinder Horseshoe from Hayfield, for instance.

One walk best undertaken without a car - because it is a linear route rather than a circular one - involves climbing Kinder from either the Hayfield or Edale side and descending down the valley on the other side. For example, the Trespass route from Hayfield can be taken onto the plateau and then the Pennine Way followed either across to Grindsbrook Booth and down into Edale, or, on the alternative route, via Kinder Low and then down into the Vale of Edale via Jacob's Ladder.

So while the car may be a more prominent part of life than it was in 1932, it can easily be left behind for a day out on Kinder.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801363791-ADNFCR