The spirit of Kinder lives on—81 years later

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The first in what is hoped will be an annual celebration of Kinder Scout and the mass trespass will be held at New Mills Town Hall on Saturday 27 April.

The Kinder & High Peak Advisory Group has decided that such was the enthusiasm engendered by the 80th anniversary celebrations last year, the event should become annual to keep the spirit of Kinder and the trespass alive.

Kinder 80 group chairman Roly Smith said: ‘The amount of interest in our event last year convinced us that we should have an annual event to keep this tremendous interest going.  So we are proposing an annual Spirit of Kinder Day, the first of which will take place at New Mills on April 27, close to the 81st anniversary of the trespass.

From the slopes of Kinder

‘It is envisaged that this annual event will take place at different venues in and around the Peak every year, building up to the next major anniversary, the 90th, in 2022.’

The main speaker at New Mills will be OSS general secretary, Kate Ashbrook, who is also president of the Ramblers.  Keith Warrender, publisher of The Battle for Kinder Scout, will give an illustrated talk on the history of the trespass and Jon Stewart, manager of the National Trust’s Peak District estate which includes Kinder Scout, will reflect on the trust’s 30 years of ownership of the mountain.

Among the organisations expected to attend are the Ramblers (national, Sheffield and Manchester); Sheffield Campaign for Access to Moorland; Peak & Northern Footpath Society; British Mountaineering Council; the National Trust;  Peak District National Park Authority; Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation; Moors for the Future and Friends of the Peak District (CPRE).

The occasion will also mark the launch of a Friends of Kinder Trespass membership organisation by the Kinder Visitor Centre Group, of Hayfield, which has long-term plans for a trespass visitor centre in Hayfield.  

For more details and further information on the Spirit of Kinder Day, contact Roly Smith on 01629 812034 ( or Terry Howard on 0114 266 5438 or (

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