POSTPONED - A Perfectly Legal Trespass!

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Mar 21
2020

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Although parts of the route are flagstoned the climb up isn't and is quite steep, if the weather is wet then add in muddy and slippery to the mix too.

Join Rich as we retrace this cracking 9-mile route of the famous 1932 mass trespass onto Kinder Scout (633m). Heading up William Clough, the Pennine Way is followed along the plateau edge, passing the dramatic Kinder Downfall and visiting Kinder Low before returning by an old pack-horse route. 

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The Mass Trespass 
The mass trespass onto Kinder Scout started from Bowden Bridge on 24th April 1932, with 400 walkers heading up William Clough. Scuffles with gamekeepers at Sandy Heys led to several arrests, with five of the walkers being subsequently imprisoned. However, public reaction to their harsh treatment led to the 1939 Access to Mountains Act, and in 1955 the first access agreement was signed for Kinder Scout. The car park - a former quarry - is home to a bronze plaque commemorating the mass trespass. 

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Starting from Bowden Car Park - we pretty much start climbing straight away up past Kinder Reservoir, then onto the William Clough path. While the path is stony, it is initially quite accommodating. However, after crossing and re-crossing the fast-flowing stream several times, it starts to degenerate. Eventually, rough stone steps and a line of cairns lead to a crossroads of routes, where we then will join the Pennine Way. We then follow the Pennine Way along the western edge of the Kinder plateau until we arrive at Kinder Downfall. At Kinder Downfall, the tiny River Kinder falls dramatically over the edge of a Millstone Grit shelf at the head of a steep-sided clough. When strong winds funnel up the valley, the waterfall actually spurts upwards.

From Kinder Downfall we'll continue weaving along the path heading south-south-west towards Kinder Low, which will be the summit of the day (thou technically the OS Trig point isn't the official summit of Kinder, but, it will save us wading through inaccessible peat bogs).

Then we'll head down off the mountain via Millstone Grit (where the path become flagstones again, and we follow the way down (previously an old pack-horse route) heading back to the car park and maybe pop to the local pub for a well earned pint.

Dogs are more than welcome if kept under control esp as there are some steep edges and big steps to get up.

 

Image Credits:

Image 3 - Bowden Bridge mass trespass plaque © Copyright Dave Dunford and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Image 4  – Kinder Way car park, Bowden Quarry © Copyright Katy Walters and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence;

Image 5 - William Clough from Kinder Scout © Copyright Katy Walters and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

All other images provided by myself and permission is granted to OutdoorLads for their use.

River on William Clough
Bowden Bridge Car Park
KInder Scout
Looking over Kinder Reservoir
River on William Clough
Bowden Bridge Car Park
KInder Scout
Looking over Kinder Reservoir

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