Suma Walking Group – Kinder Scout
“Suma Trespass” – Kinder Scout
There comes a time over Christmas and New Year when lounging about over-eating and drinking and watching TV repeats becomes dull – or it did on Sunday the 2nd January for some of the Suma walking Group anyhow!
This month’s destination was a bit further afield than usual but for good reason as we decided to re-trace the route of the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass of 1932 near Glossop.
Suma members are always up for supporting good (and if necessary controversial) causes and no doubt, if we had been around at that time, then Suma members would have been at the front of that famous uphill march, facing up to the wealthy landowners and their armed gamekeepers to exercise their right to roam on open moorland.
This important stance eventually led to National Parks and the Countryside Rights if Way Act.
A little known fact is that trespass then and now isn’t a criminal offence yet some protesters received sentences of 2 to 6 months.
The route from Bowden Bridge was approx 8 miles in length and fairly hilly but not at all boggy in places as the temperature was around freezing.
When we reached the frozen waterfall called Kinder Downfall the extensive views to the north were over Yorkshire and to the west over Cheshire. Fortunately for us there are no longer lots of mill chimneys belching out thick grey smoke unlike in 1932.
We took a break at the waterfall for a leisurely picnic lunch and to discover who had won the “most unusual sandwich” competition. (By consensus we decided this had to be Wendy who outdid us all with her homemade nut roast!)
The walk continued across the moors to Kinder’s “lunar” appearance summit and trig point at 636 metres. It was unfortunately all too easy to see the erosion effect of so many pairs of boots and realise why the National Trust are investing £2.5 million over the next five years to reverse the effect.
The remainder of the walk was a gentle downhill trek back to the car park and a well-earned beer at the nearby pub complete with roaring log fire.
Great stuff ….