Saturday, April 07, 2012

Kinder Scout Commemoration

On Sunday 22 April 2012 there is a commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Kinder Scout mass trespass. In 1932 land owners employed games keepers to keep out walkers who were determined that they should be allowed to walk the moors freely. There was scuffles and a number of trespassers were arrested and some were even jailed but the trespass was ultimately successful since it helped bring about the movement for the "Freedom to Roam" and the establishing of National Parks in 1949.

There are a number of events to celebrate this anniversary including this sponsored walk for the Morning Star. The Ramblers are encouraging people to send in photos of blocked footpaths.

By coincidence rather than design I walked up Kinder Scout during its 75th Anniversary.

I can't take part this year since on 22 April I will be be in London taking part in the Marathon (wishing I was somewhere, anywhere else, especially the lovely Peak District).

Hat tip Captain Swing

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