Kinder Scout

Europe, United Kingdom, Derbyshire

Kinder Scout is a moorland plateau (and mountain) in the Dark Peak of the Derbyshire Peak District in England. Part of the moor, at 2,087 feet (636 m) above sea level, is the highest point in the Peak District and the highest point in Derbyshire. It is accessible from the villages of Hayfield and Edale in the High Peak of Derbyshire. It is named after the village of de Kinder which once lay on the slope of the peak and was included in William I's Domesday Book. To the North across the Snake Pass lie the high moors of Bleaklow and Black Hill, which are of similar elevation. It is a popular hiking location and the Pennine Way crosses Kinder Scout and the moors to the North. This has resulted in the erosion of the underlying peat, prompting work by Derbyshire County Council and the Peak District National Park to repair it, in conjunction with the landowner, the National Trust. Historically, the plateau was the target of the mass trespass in 1932, which resulted in a UK-wide rethink of access to the countryside. From the National Park's inception, a large area of the high moorland north of Edale was designated as 'Open Country'. In 2003, the "right to roam" on uncultivated land was enshrined into law, and this area of open country has been significantly extended. In excellent weather conditions the city of Manchester and the Greater Manchester conurbation can be seen, as well as Winter Hill near Bolton, and the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia in North Wales. It featured on the 2005 BBC TV programme Seven Natural Wonders as one of the wonders of the Midlands, though Kinder Scout is considered by many to be in the north of England, lying between the cities of Manchester and Sheffield.