Eighty years ago today one group of ramblers from Manchester and another group of ramblers from Sheffield trespassed onto the Kinder plateau. This morning I was at the launch of the Kinder Trespass festival, hosted by Mike Harding – who even sang us a song.
There were representatives from the Ramblers Association, including our new chief exec and our new president, and current director general of the National Trust, who I interviewed nearly 12 years ago for My Weekly when she had just started in the role. (She even remembered me!)
I didn’t go on any of the guided walks – there were 2 leaving the Moorland Centre in Edale at 11:30am plus various children’s activities – because I only had my invite on Saturday and had already needed to re-jig the day to get back in time to do some work. But it was a nice little event with a good turnout and the weather stayed dry.
I did, however, pick up a couple of up-to-date walking guides because Derbyshire and the Peak District is only a stone’s throw from me and with easy walks starting at 2½ miles I think it’s a good place for me and Rufus to build our fitness and stamina.
I still want to do that long distance path holiday, but it may be the Great Glen Way first as that’s a lot shorter than the Thames Path, and it has much shorter sections too. But we need to be fit enough, so I need to do a walking schedule for us both – and STICK TO IT.
Busy afternoon, then, what’s left of it. I shall probably work into the evening today.