Walkers to commemorate the Kinder Trespass

Widdop Reservoir
Widdop Reservoir

Walkers will be celebrating the Kinder Trespass and the Right to Roam this weekend with a walk across the moors to Boulsworth Hill, organised by the Ramblers’ Association.

Eighty six years ago on April 24 1932 the Kinder Trespass took place on Kinder Scout in the Peak District.

The subsequent imprisonment of Benny Rothman and his co-leaders for “riotous assembly” led to widespread publicity and gave powerful impetus to the campaign for the Right to Roam.

In the 1930s thousands of walkers flocked to Right to Roam rallies.

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The Ramblers’ Association in the 1990s organised the successful campaign that paved the way for the Countryside and Rights of Way Act of 2000.

In Yorkshire, the Ramblers' Association held large rallies at Todmorden and Haworth.

In Calderdale the Access to Boulsworth Campaign (ABC) was also influential.

As a result of the CROW Act, walkers now have legal access to all of the mountains and moors in England and Wales.

In West Yorkshire, mile upon mile of moorland is now legal access land, and walkers can explore previously forbidden places such as Rishworth Moor, the Bronte Moors and Boulswoth Hill, and explore secret valleys such as Greave Clough and Ramsden Clough.

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Tim Riley, leader of the commemorative walk, said, “This walk would not be possible without the long and ultimately successful Right to Roam campaign, and the sacrifices made by Benny Rothman and his friends.

“Feel welcome to join our walk and celebrate with us.”

The 10.5 mile walk starts and finishes at Widdop Reservoir Dam car park near Heptonstall at 10am. on Saturday 21 April. All walkers welcome, but no dogs except assistance dogs.