I lie in bed. Listening to Radio 4, unwilling to get up just yet. Then I hear a news item: ‘‘Today is the eightieth anniversary of the Mass trespass of Kinder Scout’.
In 1932, working class ramblers from Manchester and Sheffield walked on to previously forbidden areas of the grouse moors and took on the gamekeepers.
in hard times
from factories or dole queues
head for the hills
Although five of them were put in prison for up to six months, the trespass was the beginning of greater access to uncultivated land in England, and helped prepare the way for the first National Park in the Peak District in 1949.
Even today there is a campaign to make England’s coastline accessible to everyone, and people are concerned about the effect of new planning laws.
walk wild places