The Kinder Trespass
Locally and nationally, the Kinder Trespass of 1932 is annually remembered and recognised as the significant moment in the history of rambler’s rights, and the creation of National Parks. How the event is remembered locally may be somewhat different to the reaction at the time, as is the case with moments of change in society. The trespassers were a well organised, highly motivated group from Sheffield, with support from The Manchester Ramblers, and had little to do with the dynamics of Hayfield per se, but they made their point on the memorable “Forbidden Mountain” of Kinder Scout, which, at 2,088ft, is the highest point of the Peaks, and the most accessible summit to many urban areas.
James Watt’s letters on the subject in The Times are contained in the house history file, and perhaps display a certain diplomatic reserve. He was owner of one of the six estates on Kinder at the time and the disturbances did not take place on his land, although he was no doubt affected by the harm done to his gamesman, Edward Beever, on the day.