A space for people

Group of people at Smithills

We believe preserving and enhancing the iconic Smithills landscape is vitally important for people as well as wildlife.

We now own two thirds of the estate but we need to bring the remaining 484 acres under our careful ownership.

Under our protection, the free public access which has always been so precious to local people will be retained and improved across the estate. In 1896, more than 30 years before the famous Kinder Scout mass trespass, 10,000 people took to the moors of Smithills, demanding their right to access this incredibly beautiful place, which was at risk of being closed off for grouse shooting.

“Smithills is right on Bolton's doorstep and is central within the North West region – being able to engage that amount of people is a wonderful thing.”
Russell Hedley, Smithills communications officer

We recognise how important the estate is for local people and will ensure their access is conserved and improved.

We’ll preserve and interpret the land’s wealth of history, bringing its hidden and important industrial and archaeological features to life, transforming Smithills into an even more wonderful place for the people of Greater Manchester and beyond.

The locals