If you fancy a gentle stroll along the river bank and through the woods
or a more strenuous hike over the Peak
the Parish of Hayfield offers it all.

   Mass Trespass
 75th Anniversary

These pages are still under construction all contributions welcome
Valley Strolls    Moorland & Woodland Walks   Ridge Rambles
 Little Hayfield Kinder Woods

 Lantern Pike
Sett Valley  William Clough


 Mt Famine

 Kinder Massif

 Upper Sett Valley
 Snake Path  


We even have a Mountain Rescue Team based in the Village. However in the past few locals ever bothered to venture up on to the Wild Moor, with game keepers waiting to discourage those that did and to use a local expression 'oo in thi ree't yed ud go up thee'r' especially after a hard days work unless they had to! 'they mun b soft in yed' ( I can speak it but how do you write it ?ed)


But it was here in Hayfield that the foundations were laid for what has become known as the 'Right to Roam' with the famed Mass Trespass of Kinder in 1932 influencing development of policy resulting in the Access to Mountains Act 1939

The First National Park in the UK was established here
'The Peak District National Park'

  These hills can appear deceptively benign as the inexperienced and ill equipped have found to their cost.The weather can soon change, when mist and low cloud blanket the area 'exposure' is a real threat even in summer, disorientation and a fall can soon make the situation life threatening.

Keep to the paths do not try to take short cuts. Do not rely on a Mobile Phone or GPS to get you out of trouble they invariably don't work in bad weather!.

Good preparation, and following the Mountain Code are the precursors for an enjoyable hill walking experience.

Schoolboy 'tigers' Nev Dyson and Phil Gee
on a diet of gritsone.

There are ancient well trodden paths and Pack horse trails connecting the Salt Mines of the Cheshire planes in the west and the towns to the east, salt, wool and later cotton and flax as well as manufactured goods from the new industrial towns of Manchester and Sheffield were transported by Pack Mules over the 'Peak'

Then in the 18th ctry roads and eventually railways were constructed skirting the Kinder Massif, the Wood Head line to the north and the Hope Valley line to the south. The 'old road' runs north-south crossing the river Sett at the site of the village of Hayfield connecting the Roman settlements at Glossop to Buxton, the turnpike road followed this route and eventually with some slight deviation the A624 (which runs parallel to the 'old road')

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