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Sheffield Life & Times: Spirit of Kinder

The Ramblers Rally in Winnats Pass, June 29, 1930
Wednesday 20 May 2020 - Sunday 29 May 2022

Discover the story of how generations of Sheffielders have campaigned for accesss to the coutryside in this small display in the Sheffield Life and Times Gallery.

A third of the City of Sheffield is within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park. Inspired by that beautiful scenery and fresh air, generations of Sheffielders have campaigned for greater access to the city’s glorious ‘Golden Frame’.

Today’s access is the result of a century of campaigning by individuals and rambling groups, such as the life-long campaigner GHB Ward, who founded the Clarion Ramblers in 1900. The Peak District and South Yorkshire branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) organised a public subscription to buy the Longshaw Estate for the National Trust in 1931. The same year at Longshaw, local Ramblers’ Federations combined to form today’s national Ramblers’ Association.

In the 1980s, inspired by the 1932 Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout, the Sheffield Campaign for Access to Moorland (SCAM), led the campaign for open access. This led to The Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CRoW) of 2000. The Act gave access to mountain and moorland, and is seen as SCAM’s major achievement.


Thank you to Terry Howard, David Sissons, and Roly Smith for their help with this display.