Trespass Trail walk, Hayfield.

A 5 mile walk which follows in the footsteps of the Kinder Mass Trespassers.

This historic event in 1932 is widely credited with leading to:

  • legislation in 1949 to establish the National Parks.
  • contributing to the development of the Pennine Way and many other long distance footpath.
  • securing walkers’ rights over open country and common land in the C.R.O.W. Act of 2000.

The Trespass Trail walk begins at the bus station car park, Hayfield.

  • Here there is a large information board about the Trespass, which also explains the importance of the railway in attracting hikers to Hayfield in the 1930s. There is a sketch map which shows the way to the pharmacy in the village centre, where there is a window display and notice board with more information about the trespass.
  • From the pharmacy it is only 100 metres to the Royal Hotel car park, from where further details about the route on to the moors is given, below.
  • There is a Trespass Trails booklet with more details about the walk, on sale at the Village Store, Church Street, price £2.50.
  • Ideally walkers should also have an O.S. 1:25,000 map of the area, and a compass.
Mass Trespass Trail information board, Hayfield.
Mass Trespass Trail information board, Hayfield.

5 miles, half on rough moorland paths.

  1. By the Royal Hotel car park entrance, turn left up the cobbled path to reach Kinder Road.
  2. Turn right onto Kinder Road, and head East out of the village.
  3. After 300 yards, reach the Snake Path on the left. Note the Kinder Trespass plaque, and the Peak and Northern footpaths sign, dated 1897.
  4. Follow the path, and climb to Twenty Trees. Continue 1 mile on the Snake Path to the white Shooting Cabin.
  • Bear right, on footpath signed Snake Inn and Edale.
  • Contour along on path high above the reservoir, with great views of Kinder.
  • After another half mile, a steep path drops down to the small footbridge at the bottom of William Clough. Descend this, or take the gentler route by continuing another quarter mile until joining the valley path, which to the right leads back to the bridge.
  • Note the National Trust sign which describes the importance of the 1932 Trespass.
  • Follow the reservoir path Westward, with the reservoir on your left.
  • At the bottom of the cobbled path, reach the tarmac reservoir approach road.
  • Continue Westward and go through the reservoir road gates, to join Kinder Road.
  • Kinder Road leads you back to Hayfield, a further one and a half miles.
  • A mile before the village, note the Bowden Bridge car park. This used to be a quarry, where the Trespassers were addressed by their leader, Benny Rothman, before setting out on their venture. Here there is an interpretation board about Kinder Scout, mentioning the Trespass. And on the quarry wall, there is a commemorative plaque, put up in 1982 when the 50th anniversary of the event was celebrated at a mass rally in Hayfield.

The walk has been organised by Hayfield Kinder Trespass Group, funded by a grant from the Peak Park’s Sustainable Development Fund.

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Peak District National Park Ranger Walks

A selection from the Rangers Guided Walks programme of walks in the Kinder Plateau area

The Peak District National Park Authority Rangers lead over 150 guided walks each year, which are free to the general public. rangers are experienced walk leaders and qualified first-aiders; their knowledge of this special place is inspiring. they specialise in subjects such as navigation, landscapes, aircraft wrecks, archaeology and so much more.

To find the full programme of Ranger Walks and Events visit the Peak District National Park website

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Walking in their footsteps

National Trust Walk

In 1932 around 500 walkers, mostly from Manchester, trespassed en masse and walked from Hayfield to Kinder Scout. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of this milestone event in the struggle to secure access rights to open country forever, the National Trust has created this FREE walk to help you enjoy what others fought so hard for…

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Walk distance, terrain and accessibility:
8 miles circular route from Hayfield to Kinder and back. Paths are generally good, but can be rough in places. Some moderately challenging ascent and descent. Take care when walking near to steep sections and the gritstone edges. The route can become muddy after wet weather