Saturday 24 July, Saturday 7 August
With Rachel Bolton or Richard Tower
This historical walk with stunning views starts in the village of Hayfield. We follow the route of the famous Mass Trespass which, in 1932, saw 500 walkers trespass onto private land to secure access rights to open country, for all to enjoy. The Trespass helped the establishment of the Peak District National Park in 1951, the UK's first national park. It's a poignant time to join this walk as the Park celebrates it's 70th birthday this year.
From our car park start, we ascend via the famous Snake Path and up William Clough. The route gets steeper as we ascend onto Kinder Edge which we follow to one of best landmarks on the highest plateau in Derbyshire - Kinder Downfall. Here we can watch the water tumbling over a series of rock steps to the valley below; if it’s windy we'll be treated to an amazing display as waterfall spray is tossed backwards into the air like a horse's tail! We continue to follow the plateau, reaching the summit cairn at Kinder Low (633 m / 2077 ft), before descending to Hayfield via Edale's medieval cross.
There's a significant climb onto the plateau but we'll take breaks and share the history as we climb - it's so well worth it for the views! The distance is about 15 km / 9.5 miles with a height gain of 534 m / 1,800ft.
"There were hundreds of young men and women, lads and girls, in their picturesque rambling gear: shorts of every length and colour, flannels and breeches, even overalls, vivid colours and drab khaki…multi-colored sweaters and pullovers, army packs and rucksacks of every size and shape." Benny Rothman, in 1982, recalls the moment he spoke to ramblers before the Mass Trespass. Find out more here
We meet at a car park near or close to Hayfield at 9.15am, to leave promptly for 9.30am. Details will be sent to you when you book.
If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, the village of Hayfield is ideal, or the nearest town is Glossop.