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The Kinder legacy

April 29, 2013


New Mills was a good choice for the first Spirit of Kinder Day, to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the Kinder Scout mass trespass on 24 April 1932.  The town is close to the north-west edge of the Peak District National Park, and to Hayfield, whence the Manchester contingent embarked on the trespass.

I had a chance first to explore the fascinating industrial archaeology of the town, the Goyt and Sett valleys and the dramatic Torrs gorge.

New Mills is the home town of the late, and much-missed Martin Doughty, former leader of Derbyshire County Council, and chairman of the Peak District National Park Authority and Natural England.  Martin loved Kinder and every year walked up there in early spring to see the mountain hares.  On 10 October 2009 (which would have been his sixtieth birthday) I attended a ceremony where an exquisite sundial was unveiled on the wall of the town hall…

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  1. April 29, 2013 8:22 am

    How lovely it would be to hear the leaders of other outdoor groups echoing Kate’s words.

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