We’ve all head of the Kinder Scout mass trespass. It is an event embedded in ramblers’
folklore, and a significant development in the fight for public access to the UK’s mountains and wild places. But have you heard of the Abbey Brook protest that took place in the same year?
This is the subject of a new book by Sheffield writer Ed Douglas and photographer John Beatty, Kinder Scout: The people’s mountain.
Douglas says: “There were no arrests, and no martyrs to make a fuss about. As a
consequence, very few walkers now know anything about the Abbey Brook trespass, let alone the general public, even though it revealed even more starkly the aggression and hostility ordinary people faced for simply wanting to go for a walk”.
This trespass happened when 200 ramblers set out from Malin Bridge and Middlewood and walked three and a half miles
to Bar Dyke. Though often overlooked, the event played an
important role in West Riding Council acknowledging the Duke of Norfolk’s Road as a right of way in 1955.
Douglas’s book also profiles the stories of significant individuals who make up the
mountain’s history, such as Sheffield resident Edward Carpenter, a cultural and political activist who campaigned throughout his life on many issues, Jim Puttrell and William Watson who were the first to rock climb on Kinder Scout, and George Willis Marshall, a pioneer of the ‘right to roam’. The book is published by Sheffield-based Vertebrate Publishing. For more information about Kinder Scout: The people’s mountain go to www.v-publishing.co.uk