Cathy pays tribute to countryside trailblazers
Local MP Cathy Jamieson joined fellow ramblers at Parliament recently to mark the 80th anniversary of the Kinder Scout mass trespass.
The historic trespass of 1932 saw hundreds of people risk imprisonment to walk through the Kinder Scout moorlands in Derbyshire in a bid to open up the countryside for all.
Cathy joined other MPs in paying tribute to the achievements of the outdoor movement over the last eight decades and the ongoing efforts of campaigners to make Britain the most walking-friendly nation in the world.
Nicky Philpott, Director of Campaigns and Policy at The Ramblers walking charity, said:
"The journey those trespassers started is far from over. Our countryside combines rugged mountains and rolling fields, magical forests and meandering waterways and it is sad that not all of these scenic sites can be shared by everyone.
"Ensure that the spirit of the trespassers lives on; join us in our campaign to open up the countryside and make Britain the most walker-friendly nation in the world."
Cathy said: "The participants on April 24, 1932 were drawn from across working class movements in Sheffield and Manchester - people who were united in their desire to see our countryside opened up for all to enjoy. As someone who was very active in the Woodcraft Folk, and still enjoys walking, I am very conscious of that heritage. I am also proud of the role that I was able to play in campaigning for land reform when I was a member of the Scottish Parliament."