Tuesday, 24 April 2012

24th April 1932 - the Mass Trespass that brought about the Peak Park and Rights of Way

80 years ago today on Sunday April 24th 1932, 400 men and women, largely from Manchester, assembled in the Peak District with a view to trespassing on to Kinder Scout, the Highest Point in the Peak District. They did this to proclaim that "that God gave the land to the people". At the time they knew that if they wanted the moors to be free, they had to take action. Some were arrested and went to prison. The world changed however: in 1951 the Peak District National Park was established.

For my part I look forward to celebrating their achievement in August when I walk the Pennine Way - Kinder Scout is en route.