Kinder Scout From Edale – Snowy Hike – Peak District – Video

It was a cold day during Easter when I set off to hike up to Kinder Scout from Edale in the Peak District to hike 10 miles over Kinder Scout, up Jacobs Ladder and back down Ringing Roger.

The route took in the sights of Edale Rocks, Kinder Low, Woolpacks and Pym Chair on Kinder Scout.

Kinder Scout From Edale Video

Halfway through the hike, I got caught in a snow storm!!

That made the hike extra special and more fun. I love it when it snows.

I felt so alive!!!! It was a fantastic hike and took about 5 hours.

I definitely felt tired at the end but strangely re-energised after than hike.

I can’t wait for the next one.

There is nothing more enjoyable than hiking in the hills to clear the mind and lift the soul. Being at one with nature grounds me and makes me grateful to be a small part of this beautiful planet.

History of Kinder Scout in the Peak District

Even the name evokes a sense of wonder. This iconic plateau in the Peak District of England has been a focal point of cultural, political, and natural history for generations. Kinder Scout’s story begins millions of years ago. The plateau itself is primarily made up of gritstone, a type of sandstone. The formation is due to the forces of erosion and glacial activity over millions of years. You can still see the effects of this today in the various tors, cloughs, and oddly-shaped rocks that dot the landscape.

A Meeting Place for Centuries

Throughout history, Kinder Scout has been a place where people came to meet, whether for leisure, spirituality, or trade. Stone circles and ancient pathways suggest that prehistoric communities considered it an important location. In later centuries, it would serve as pasture for local farmers and a vital thoroughfare for traders.

The Mass Trespass of 1932

Perhaps one of the most significant events in Kinder Scout’s history took place in 1932. On 24th April, around 400 walkers, primarily from Manchester, participated in the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass. This wasn’t merely a leisurely hike, mind you; it was an act of civil disobedience.

Why? Well, the vast majority of such beautiful landscapes were then privately owned, meaning public access was severely restricted. This peaceful protest aimed to highlight the unfairness of this situation and advocate for the right to roam freely. The event played a crucial role in the formation of the UK’s national parks and paved the way for greater public access to the countryside.

Kinder Scout Today: A Walker’s Paradise

Today, Kinder Scout is part of the Peak District National Park, which was established in 1951 as the first national park in the United Kingdom. With its challenging terrain, stunning views, and unique natural features like Kinder Downfall—a beautiful waterfall especially impressive after heavy rain—it’s a haven for walkers, climbers, and nature lovers alike.

The Role in Literature and Music

Kinder Scout has inspired countless poems e.g Kinder Scout” by Helen Mort, songs, and stories over the years. Artists and writers have long been drawn to its natural beauty and the sense of freedom it offers.

A Landscape for the Future

Various conservation efforts are underway to preserve the delicate ecosystem of Kinder Scout. So, when you next find yourself taking in the sweeping views, remember that you’re not just looking at a beautiful landscape—you’re also witnessing a site of historical and ecological significance that many have fought to protect.

There you have it—a whistle-stop tour through the fascinating history of Kinder Scout.

Whether you’re a seasoned walker or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of nature, Kinder Scout has something for everyone.

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The route is available for free on Outdoor Active:

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Route: If you want to do this walk, you can find the route I took here:

You can print the route or download the Outdoor Active app on your phone and follow the route on your phone. Remember to fully charge your phone before setting off.

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