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Helen Mort

Celebrating Kinder Scout with Helen Mort & Sarah Lister

Sunday 02 June | 1 - 2pm

£10 Venue: Derby College (DE24 8JE)

Sunday 2 June, 1 - 2pm, Derby College Roundhouse, as part of the Sunday Takeover Day

Kindly sponsored by Darwin Escapes

Kinder Scout has iconic status as the heart of our first National Park, the focus of the early fight for access, the start of the Pennine Way, the brooding mass in between major cities and the site of many a walker’s dreams and nightmares.

Poet, novelist and climber Helen Mort’s Ethel: The Biography of Countryside Pioneer Ethel Haythornthwaite; and Mountain Walks Kinder Scout, by Wild About Kinder podcaster and Hill and Moorland Leader, Sarah Lister, reveal the history and hidden delights of Kinder Scout.

Pioneer, activist, environmentalist, poet. Ethel Haythornthwaite is virtually unknown, even in her hometown of Sheffield – the UK’s outdoor city – yet her tireless campaigning led to the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 and the creation of the Peak District National Park. She helped save the British countryside at a time when simply to be a woman was challenge enough.

‘Kinder’ embraces different landscapes and features, knows many moods, with variable and swiftly changing weather, and presents challenges to walkers. But it is immensely rewarding, and in Mountain Walks Kinder Scout, Sarah describes routes up to the plateau, valley walks for mixed weather days and for those new to mountain walking. Whether you aspire to walk up Kinder on a straightforward route, or you’re looking for a bigger adventure, this is the only guidebook you need, and you are sure to be left with lasting memories!

There are classics, such as Grindsbrook Clough from Edale, and Kinder Downfall from Hayfield, and even those who are familiar with the area will find new and imaginative route ideas to discover. Alongside the routes up to the plateau, there are also valley walks for mixed weather days and those new to mountain walking.

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