Kinder Trespass tea towel
On the 24th April, 1932, around 500 walkers from Manchester carried out a wilful mass trespass on land on Kinder Scout, a summit in the English Peak District, intent on securing the right to access open country for all. They were opposed by gamekeepers in the pay of the landowner and six were detained - although trespass was not then considered a crime - and some imprisoned for alleged violence. This act of civil disobedience arguably led to the creation of National Parks in 1949 and the establishment of long-distance footpaths such as the Pennine Way. The trespass finally succeeded in its ultimate aim to gain unfettered access to open countryside in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000, a promise in Labour's 1997 election manifesto.
Why not unfurl this tea towel the next time you're picnicking and enjoying your right to roam in the great outdoors?
We are indebted to the illustrator Stephen Millership for this gorgeous design.