Spirit of Kinder Day at Edale Village Hall

As I noted in Yesterday’s post, today in Edale, Ramblers and the general public were invited to celebrate “spirit of Kinder Day”, at the Village Hall.

I considered taking the train to Edale, but in the end I drove over, and got the last parking space. I was a mere 20 yards from the Village Hall, with 10 minutes to spare. I walked in to find every seat taken, and the audience spilling out of the door to the car park. I would say it was well attended. I carved out a small corner at the back of the hall and set up my camera. Much of the footage was backs of heads, as the crowds kept piling in, but hey, I tried.

The meeting began with a talk by National Trust boss Dame Helen Ghosh,

regarding the huge amount of work that has been undertaken with the restoration of Kinder Scout. Dame Helen said that she felt “very much at home” among today’s audience.

Following on, we were enthralled by Stephen Trotter, Director of the Wildlife Trusts, England, and former manager of the NT’s High Peak estate. One of the team who made the transformation happen. A transformation that involved the return of 40,000 sheep to their farmers, although this could have been just 2,000 sheep being continually recycled.

Our next speaker, Jon Stewart, General Manager of the National Trust in the Peak District, showed just how involved the National Trust is in this area, and how the future can be shaped for the benefit of the wider community. He mentioned how investment from Big Utility companies helps with the vision for a healthy and sustainable landscape.

Vanessa Griffiths, new Chief Executive of The Ramblers spoke with passion about the area.

The past came to life for me as she described the workers from Sheffield turning up on the 24th April 1932 for the violent clash of the mass trespass. She mentioned Tom Stevenson, first paid member of the Ramblers (also creator of the Pennine Way). Her 20 minute talk was fascinating, I may almost be tempted to join an activist organisation 🙂

Our last talk was by the President of the Ramblers, the charismatic Stuart Maconie. His talk today was amusing, yet thought provoking.

My favourite part of any gathering has to be a rousing chorus. I was not disappointed. Sally Goldsmith, a Sheffield lass, and folk singer, led us all through one of her own songs and then the finale with everyone joining in to sing “the Manchester Rambler”

Two last things I really must mention. The great job of hosting the event by Master of ceremonies, Rony Robinson. And the launch of a new book, “Clarion Call: Sheffield’s Access Pioneers” a copy of which we saw being presented to all the speakers by the author.

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Kinder Scout Mass Trespass Anniversary

On Monday the 24th April it is the 85th Anniversary of the mass trespass of Kinder Scout.

To mark the anniversary, there is an event being held in Edale Town Hall on Saturday the 22nd April. “Spirit of Kinder” Day.

Start time is 2pm, and it is reported that the head of the  Ramblers will be a keynote speaker, along with the head of the National Trust and the Wildlife trust.

This mass march onto the Kinder plateau marked the beginning of a long campaign by The Ramblers’ Association, culminating in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, for which we should all be thankful.

It took 68 years to bring this about and have it set in law. It is therefore something everyone who walks the footpaths of England should be proud of.


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Pennine Way Itinerary

This is my planned itinerary. As with all plans, it is subject to change.

0m             Edale                                                 0m

+3.7m          Kinder Scout     Δ                                  3.7m

+5.5m          A57                                                 9.2m

+2.3m          Bleaklow         Δ                                 11.5m  

+4.5m          Crowden                                            16.0m

First night under canvas, there is a campsite here, or I may push on and camp between Laddow rocks and Black Hill

Day 1  - 16 miles


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Pennine Way Itinerary – Week 2

               Tan Hill                                          123.1m

+5.3m          Trough Heads                                      128.4m

+0.9m          God's Bridge                                      129.3m

+4.0m          Clove Lodge                                       133.3m  

+5.4m          Swallow Hole                                      138.7m

Day 8  - 15.6 miles


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Three weekends ago, I made an attempt on Pen-Y-Ghent with Dave. We were not successful. I believe we made the right decision to abandon the attempt, but on the first available day, Sunday, we decided to have another crack at it.

This will be my 4th climb of Pen-Y-Ghent, the first two for the Yorkshire Three Peaks, the third we have discussed enough. Not once I have I actually seen the hill. It has always been shrouded in cloud, or hidden behind some weather. The day was glorious. Weather reports unbelievably good, both of us ready for it. Continue reading Pen-Y-Finally

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Shell Shocked

Things have come a long way since I was a young lad. An old school waterproof coat was thick vinyl, and you got just as wet from sweating as the rain. Nobody wore “shells” unless they were on a pilgrimage. Not that I think modern is a bad! I love the fact that I can be comfortable when the weather is less than perfect, and carrying less weight is a blessing. The problem I have with new equipment is only that I am always a bit bewildered by the choices available to me when I walk into the big outdoor stores, I kind of know what I want from a piece of equipment, but I am nervous that I will look a fool if I don’t know what I am asking for.

To try and become “up to date” I decided to stick with old school, and get a book. Continue reading Shell Shocked

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Calderdale Way Day 3 – Sunshine and Mud

This is a part of the Calderdale Way. See more about the Calderdale Way

Calderdale way Midgley to Stone Chair GPX

Back to it.

Having taken a break from the Calderdale Way to get wet on Pen-y-Ghent, and have a sniffle in Meltham, it feels good to put my boots back on the trail.

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Friday, last day of March, 2017

Hey No.1 Daughter!

How’s it going? Hope No.1 grand daughter is well.

You are miles away at the moment. Remember when you were little and I talked about us both seeing the same moon no matter how far away we are? Today its cloudy, no moon, but I know it’s there, so that’s okay. I will be going on a little walk soon, on my own, but no matter how far it is, I will know the moon is watching us both, so I won’t feel lonely. It won’t stop me missing you though.

Write soon

Dad X

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Mental Health Matters

It has been decided that No.1 daughter will collaborate with me on the blog whilst I am walking the Pennine Way. It feels the right time to talk about mental health, and how it can affect everyone around. Its just 5 weeks till the start, and I guess I am starting now to look at the isolation, and that has lead me to think deeper, particularly about the isolation someone suffering through MH issues must feel.

Anyway, that is all to come, and I am really looking forward to it, in the meantime, I will be setting up a just giving page, for just in case you feel that reading the posts might encourage you to support a mental health charity.

I need suggestions for which charity. Has a particular one helped you, someone you know, or have heard of? I would like to hear from you. If you don’t want to comment below, please email me at andy@awalkonthemildside.co.uk I will never divulge any personal details, put please, don’t send any, just in case 🙂

Stay safe! Andy

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Lazy Bones, probably man Flu, but loving the HubbaHubba

Today was going to see me conclude the Calderdale Way, but due to having had a bit of a sniffle this week, I have postponed and will be a lazy bones. Instead I decided to test out the new tent, and because the day was so glorious, I headed up onto the fells beyond Meltham. I walked no more than about 3 miles.

The key today was to keep it short, there seemed little to be gained from a long hike, better to get over the Man Flu completely. So, Meg Hill looked suitable.

The definition of Man Flu is “a cold or similar minor ailment as experienced by a man who is regarded as exaggerating the severity of the symptoms.” Maybe I didn’t have that then. What I had was way beyond a cold, much more serious, I nearly could have, possibly, might have, died or had a day off work or something if it had got even just slightly worse. Lucky really.

It is always quiet here, rarely do you see another soul. But today however, as I got to the summit trig point I met some other walkers, who also thought it would be deserted. This is Helen, with William and Antony. They are in the enviable position of getting out for a walk most days, and had just trekked up from Meltham. Take note, they are all in sunglasses! The sun was out! Hoorah!

After a brief conversation they headed off the hill back towards Meltham, maybe our paths will cross again, who knows, its a big outdoors we play in. Isn’t it odd how we can chat with new people out here? It always surprises me just how different it is if you meet strangers in the countryside rather than in a town. Worlds apart. A discussion for another time.

The rock where they are stood is just by the trig point, and interestingly has a compass rose carved into it. Amazingly, it is quite accurate too.

I grabbed a quick selfie at the trig point of course, but my mission was to seek out something far more scarce. A piece of dry, flat stone free ground of about 3m x 2m. Why? to try pitching my new tent for the first time.

This look like it will do.

I went with a tent from MSR, as they seemed to get good reviews, and at under 2kg for the 2 person sized HubbaHubba NX, I thought I would have plenty of room, with not an excessive amount of weight. The full review can be seen here

Suffice to say, I love this! I pitched on the side of the hill, on top of quite deep grass. The warmth, the gentle breeze and the contrail kisses in the sky all proved too much, and I nodded off briefly. So lazy.

Breaking camp was simple enough, and I remembered to check that I had left nothing. The spot was just as I found it, so I was on my way.

This time of year is really wonderful if the weather is on your side. Not so hot you are uncomfortable, and just a lick of breeze. The calm this week compared to last is astonishing, the hills here still have the comb over that the last storm gave them, but new growth is starting to push through.

Today was the first day of British Summer Time, and it was good.

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