Trespassers on Kinder Scout

The Mass Trespass

2 October 2019 at 7.30pm
Hollinsclough Chapel Hall (SK17 0RH)

At this our second meeting of the season, we are really pleased to welcome well known author and Peak District expert, Roly Smith.  Roly has written 92 books, mainly about walking and the British countryside and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, vice-president of the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild, and a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.  As the former Head of Information Services with the Peak District National Park, he became known in the local Press as “Mr Peak District”! Roly has entitled his talk ‘Forgive us our Trespassers’ and has sent the following information which he hopes will whet your appetite and tempt you to come along.

“Forgive us our trespassers

The Mass Trespass of Kinder Scout in 1932 has been described as “the most successful example of direct action in the history of the British countryside” and 87 years after the event, we are still talking about it. I’ll start by giving the background to the trespass; the historical reasons for it happening, resulting from the Enclosure Acts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Then I’ll describe the trespass itself, the trial and the sentences handed down by the judge – which I’m sure is the reason we still remember it. The consequences of the trespass will also be explained, the various celebrations which have taken place since, and how it eventually led to the right to roam that the CROW ACT of 2000 (which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year) gave us all.”

Would you like to do your bit to contribute to another successful evening?  How about baking a cake or some scones or some flapjacks or some biscuits or or or….?  We could do with a few more bakers to either join the rota or just to provide a home-bake as a one-off one evening.  We reimburse you £4 per cake. If you can help, please contact Elspeth on 01298 83282 or  Thanks!

About History Live

History Live is a friendly group which meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30 in Hollinsclough Chapel Hall. (SK17 0RH for satnavs) to listen to great speakers and enjoy sharing an interest in local history. Entrance is just £3 which includes hot drinks and our famous home made cakes!

To find out more contact Janet on 01298 84624, email: or our website:

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