On 24th April 1932 "the most successful direct action in British history" took place in the small, Derbyshire village of Hayfield.
400 ramblers, led by the young communists of the British Sports Workers Federation, defied the Duke of Devonshire's gamekeepers to walk on the forbidden uplands of Kinder Scout. They were attacked, some were arrested, but years later they were vindicated and nineteen years later the Peak District became Britain's first National Park.
The Manchester Greenpeace Group will be commemorating this historic event with a walk. The event is free, and Martin Porter, whose granddad was one of the original trespassers, will be able to tell the story of what happened in 1932.
We will start from the Bowden Quarry car park, where Benny Rothman addressed the crowd in 1932, walk to William Clough, where the Duke of Devonshire's gamekeepers attacked the ramblers.
The total distance is about a mile and a half. It is on a footpath, which is rough in places, and Derbyshire weather can be unpredictable. Please bring decent footware and clothes for the weather conditions.
For the story of the Mass Trespass, and footage of our 2017 walk, watch this excellent film by Wellredfilms