kinder trespass 80th year celebrations
At 10am on the 24th April 2012 at the visitor centre in Edale the 80th anniversary celebrations were launched by writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie
The first photo shows from left to right Kate Ashbrook, General Secretary, Open Spaces Society, Fiona Reynolds, Director-General, National Trust, Mike Harding, Stuart Maconie, author and BBC 6 Music presenter and slightly hidden away behind Kate Ashbrook is the new head of The Ramblers Benedict Southworth.
Kate Ashbrook made a speech on how the fight continues today to both keep and open up new access, refreshingly Fiona Reynolds talked about the need to encourage youth back into the countryside and both Mike Harding and Staurt Maconie talked about the original Mass Trespass and its origins in the communist movement within the Lancashire branch of the British Worker's Sport Federation.
The Trespass ended in arrests and subsequent imprisonment of the trespassers that unleashed a huge wave of public sympathy for them and their cause.
The Mass Trespass became the start of a movement that finally led to the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act, 2000 and in 2002 an apology from the late 11th Duke of Devonshire for his father's and other landowners "great wrong".
There was another small group on the periphery of the celebratory gathering from the Trail Riders Fellowship who very eloquently but forward their rights to access and how they are being marginalised by all who where representing the countryside.
The following day the celebraties had disappeared, the rain poured from the sky and a fairly large group of ardent walkers led by National Park Rangers set off for Jacob's Ladder with the aim of meeting another group setting off from Hayfield.