No compromise on Kinder

two walkers on Kinder Scout, lit by evening sun

In truth, Kinder Scout is as much a spirit as a mountain. Hillwalkers tend to either love the 14-square-mile plateau of chocolate-brown peat hags and groughs, or they hate it. There’s just no room for compromise on Kinder.

It is probably the most walked-upon mountain in Britain, and attained iconic status in the rambling world after the long-running battles to gain access to its peaty heights culminated in the celebrated Mass Trespass of April, 1932.

Trespassers take to the hills
Black and white image of Kinder mass trespass

Five “ramblers from Manchester way” were imprisoned for daring to step off a public footpath to explore its western slopes, and their brave action acted as an important catalyst towards our national parks and the freedom of access we enjoy today.

On a clear day you can see as far as Manchester
view over rocks from Kinder to Manchester

Less than 20 miles from the centres of the great industrial cities of Manchester and Sheffield, Kinder represented freedom to those walkers who could see the tantalising blue outlines of the moors from their homes, but until its acquisition by the National Trust and the passing of the CROW Act, could not walk on them. Now, under the careful stewardship of the Trust, Kinder is regaining its former botanical glory, and justifying its designation in 2009 as a National Nature Reserve.