THE EVENT ITSELF
Our Kinder In Colour commemoration event will be happening on 24th April and we will be meeting at Edale Village, Derbyshire, on the field next to the main carpark. *
We are asking people to arrive at midday for an opening ceremony.
We aim to start walking to Kinder Scout between approximately 2pm and 3pm in a circular route and to be back at Edale by 7pm, for an Iftar evening meal and music at 8.20pm.
As mentioned, this event is led by Black People and People of Colour (BPOC) and will be centring their needs and contributions. Non-BPOC allies are of course welcome to attend in solidarity too.
GETTING THERE AND AWAY
The expense of travel is one of the many barriers people have to cross to access the countryside; if you’re interested in coming and want to jump on a coach, we’re gathering names and numbers in major cities so we can try to arrange that. Email us via email@example.com and we will try to arrange transport (please note that this may not be possible later in the week).
If you are travelling on one of the coaches, please be covid aware and if you have a mask and can wear one, it will be appreciated by other Kinder walkers.
There are not any public transport bus routes to Edale.
There is a train station in Edale Village and the average train time from two nearest cities is as follows:
- 45 minutes from Manchester
- 30 minutes from Sheffield
*If you decide to come by car, please be aware that we are asking people not to park in the main Edale village carpark.
We have arranged a car park in a field in Edale village on Edale Road, look out for stewards on the road who will direct you to a spot. Parking illegally could block emergency vehicles like Mountain Rescue from accessing evacuation sites.
THE WALK ITSELF
We aim to be setting off between 2pm and 3pm (times are approximate out of neccesity and please note that due to the potentially large numbers of people walking, various timings of the day may be later than intended). We will be walking in a circular route and aim to be back at Edale by 6:30-7pm, for an iftar (evening meal) at 8.20pm. There is a shorter route that people can take if that is too long. We are not doing the same route as the original 1932 mass trespass, but close enough.
There will be rituals at the beginning and middle of the walk from various speakers and groups. These will be held as ceremonies of healing, reclaiming space and nurturing our connections to the land.
We want this event to be as accessible as possible but if you think the route will be too long or difficult, you are more than welcome to do part of the route or to stay at base camp and enjoy the surroundings of the Peak District. There will be plenty of people about to meet.
SOME PRACTICAL OUTDOOR ACTIVITY POINTS
This is going to be – first and foremost – a day of celebration and connection. It is of course designed to bring us together, but please come along knowing this isn’t a ‘led’ activity, and so you’ll be responsible for your own safety. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re not all there looking out for each other, but rather emphasises the need for a bit of preparation beforehand:
It’ll be important for all walkers to check the weather forecast and have appropriate gear including footwear (walking boots are ideal), warm layers (it is colder the higher we get and strong winds can further lower the temperature), waterproofs, charged phone, food & water.
A compass is great if you have one – and a number of the stewards will have first aid kits – but handy to have some basic first aid materials just in case.
Hand sanitiser is also handy to have (see ‘Toilets’ section below)!
We recommend checking out https://www.adventuresmart.uk/ in the days before the event, as it’s got advice on the right gear, knowing the weather and having the required skills.
We will bring some printed maps on the day and there will be stewards present to assist. We will send out a route map the day before the walk.
There will be toilets at the start (and therefore also the end) of the walk, but there are no toilet facilities on the walk once we’re on the hill – so like your parents would say, make sure you’ve been to the loo before setting off.
If you’re caught short on the walk, here’s a guide to wild toileting if it can’t be avoided.
A dog poo bag might be advisable for carrying out toilet roll and sanitary products if you need to use them.
Leave No Trace
Please carry all rubbish off the hill. Even things that decompose like fruit peels. It’s also an important time of year for birds that nest on the ground, so we’ll be keeping to the paths.
- Make sure to wear walking boots/appropriate footwear: there is some rough terrain.
- It’s too early to tell what the weather will be, we’re hoping for sunshine obviously but we might get rain, so dress for all eventualities.
- With heavy hearts we must insist that no dogs are brought along as there might be livestock in the fields.
- There are toilets and we’ll provide tea and coffee and some snacks.
- We have organised stewards to be positioned at the start of the route and throughout.
In case of emergency, your first port of call should be to find one of the stewards in a bright orange/yellow bib. If you can’t find a steward quickly, please call 07783419766 or 07742329606 or 07810641240.
In very serious emergencies, Mountain Rescue can be called on 112.
We are honoured to be joined by a fantastic selection of speakers throughout the day, all of whom are well experienced in issues of land access and environmental justice for BPOC communities. Some of those confimed to be speaking are:
Sam Siva (organising Kinder in Colour alongside Nadia Shaikh) is a grower, writer and organiser with Land In Our Names and Right to Roam. They love learning about eco-systems, watching cartoons, dancing, swimming and going on long walks.
Nadia Shaikh (organising Kinder In Colour alongside Sam Siva) is a land justice activist and has worked in nature conservation for 15 years. She is interested in why the sector is the second least ethnically diverse (behind farming) and wants to start more conversations about decolonizing nature conservation. She enjoys going out and looking at nature, sitting around fires, snorkelling and making art.
Maxwell A. Ayamba is a PhD research student in Black Studies at the Department of American & Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham. His research explores the trajectory of ‘race’ ecology and environmental justice in the UK. He is an environmental journalist, former Associate Lecturer/Research Associate at Sheffield Hallam University. Maxwell is Founder/Director of the Sheffield Environmental Movement, and co- founder, the 100 Black Men Walk for Health Group (2004) which inspired production of the national play, “Black Men Walking” by Eclipse and Royal Theatre Production Company in 2018/19. Maxwell was the first Black person on the Board of the Ramblers Association. Maxwell was the recipient of the National Lottery Heritage Award for 2021 and named in 2021 as one of the 70 most remarkable people in the history of the Peak District National Park since its creation in 1951.
Anita Sethi was born in Manchester, UK and is author of the acclaimed book, I Belong Here: a Journey Along the Backbone of Britain (Bloomsbury). I Belong Here has been described as “a magnificent and redemptive achievement” by The Bookseller, “a memoir of rare power” by the Guardian, and “an amazing odyssey: inspiring, powerful, encouraging and incredibly brave” by the Independent. I Belong Here won the Books Are My Bag Readers Award and was nominated for the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing, RSL Ondaatje Prize, Great Outdoors Awards, and Portico Prize. Her writing has also appeared in anthologies including Women on Nature, The Wild Isles, Seasons and Common People. She has written for the Guardian, Observer, i, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Vogue, TLS, and BBC Wildlife among others and appeared on various BBC radio programmes.
Minesh Parekh is a socialist and climate activist who organises with Labour for a Green New Deal. He’s currently standing to be a Labour/Co-operative Councillor in Sheffield.