The global pandemic has highlighted the importance of walking and accessing nature. This short film explores the Kashmiri Ramblers’ individual and collective relationship with the South Pennines landscape. The film follows the group as they walk in the hills and steep-sided valleys surrounding Todmorden and share their stories. It explores the similarities between the South Pennines and Kashmiri landscapes and features Pahari poetry from the Kashmir region read by Rochdale-based poet and writer Ali Adalat.
The Kashmiri Ramblers (Kramblers) was founded in Rochdale in 2013, with the aim of improving health equality in the BAME community and transforming the BAME health landscape by challenging perceptions and improving access to healthy lifestyle opportunities. Walking is the catalyst for these changes, and the group has since grown into a national network of local groups that bring people together to improve health and wellbeing and change attitudes towards preventable health conditions.
Originally from Mirpur in Azad Kashmir, Ali Adalat moved to the UK in the 1970s where he worked in the textile industry and, more recently, in the public sector. Adalat is coordinator of the Kashmir National Identity Campaign and one of the pioneers of Pahari-Pothwari writing in the UK. He is a founder member of the International Pahari Literary Society and has written a number of screenplays in Indo-Aryan languages. He is a keen walker and a member of the Kramblers.