It is the 80th anniversary of the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass in the Peak District which led to the opening up of much of the British countryside to ramblers. Hundreds of people risked imprisonment to walk up the then publicly inaccessible peak of Kinder Scout.
The effects of this remarkable action are still with us today. Many battles have been won but there are still many to fight (see related articles at bottom of post).
A Success Story
The official opening of the All Wales Coastal Path on 5th May will mean Wales will have the first footpath in the world around a whole country’s coastline.
Here is why Lonely Planet made Wales its No 1 world destination for 2012:
“What a wonderful thing: to walk the entire length of a country’s coastline, to trace its every nook, cranny, cliff-face, indent and estuary. How better to truly appreciate the shape – and soul – of a nation? Well, in 2012 Wales will become the only country in the world where you can do just that. Due for completion in May, the All Wales Coast Path (AWCP) will squiggle continuously from Chepstow in the south to near Queensferry in the north – via dramatic serrations, sandy bays and domineering castles – making 1377km of shore accessible. Much of it is already in place, including the spectacular Pembrokeshire coast (a national trail since 1970); a new section from Llanmadoc to Port Eynon, passing Rhossili (one of the UK’s best beaches); and the Isle of Anglesey Coast Path, waving to royals-in-residence Prince Wills and Kate on the way.” - Sarah Baxter
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/europe/travel-tips-and-articles/76854#ixzz1smfp22He
- Kinder Trespass Celebrations (peakdistrictview.wordpress.com)
- Please Get Your MP to sign the Kinder Scout 80 Motion (stravaigerjohn.wordpress.com)
- Kinder Scout 80th Anniversary – New Ramblers Campaign (stravaigerjohn.wordpress.com)
- How Benny reclaimed the land (thejc.com)