Ramble On Limited Edition Patch
The above words are taken from Ewan MacColl song ‘The Manchester Rambler’ a folk anthem that expresses the sense of injustice felt by those living in the towns and cities who felt constrained by draconian landowners. It also explains why the largest act of civil disobedience of it’s kind happened back in 1932 on top of Kinder Scout with 500 Northerners.
For this is the place where despite a number of scuffles with gamekeepers, several arrests and even some jail sentences were handed out, people power won the day. It was this working class uprising that eventually took away the exclusivity of moorlands from the wealthy and gave us all the right to roam. It gave rise to a rambling revolution, the importance of which cannot be underestimated, paving the way as it did for the creation of our National Parks as well as the Countryside and Rights of Way Act. Many of the ramblers who took part also went on to march their way across the Pyrenees in order to fight fascism in Spain.
This RMBLR rendezvous will start at Bowden Bridge car park in Hayfield (grid ref: SK048869) meeting at 9.30am on Monday 24th April. The plan is to set off at rambling at 10.00am along this route. It’s an 8 mile hike so bring some friends, food and appropriate attire with you, there may even be a celebratory pint to be had back in Manchester afterwards too (details tbc). This is also where you’ll receive your free RMBLR patch to mark this auspicious occasion and remember those that fought for our right to ramble. To register for the walk simply "buy" the patch now and we will reserve one for you along with some other goodies.