The fight for Winter Hill

How the people of Bolton asserted their right to roam the moors

By Paul Salveson

The Winter Hill rights of way battle in 1896 was Britain’s biggest “mass trespass”. Over three successive weekends, thousands of Bolton people marched over Winter Hill to reclaim a right of way they claimed had been illegally blocked by the landowner. Whilst the 1932 Kinder Scout Trespass is better known and is rightly celebrated, the ev…

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