Kinder Trespass tea towel

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.

Specifications: Half Panama unbleached cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 48cm x 70cm. Machine wash at 40 degrees max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.