Welcome to Exmoor, part 2

It’s a pity that the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 did not require the provision of access points to access land.

Last Sunday we walked a big circuit anti-clockwise from Simonsbath on Exmoor.  When we came to the access land at the top of Ashcombe Bottom, it made sense to cut across to the road north of Prayway Head, rather than walk two sides of a triangle on public paths.  It was lovely, with sweeping views north to Blackpitts.

But when we reached the road which runs north from Simonsbath there was no access point opposite the parking area (SS 767 412).

No access point, just an awkward climb

It was difficult climbing the leaning fence–yet this is an obvious location for an access point, next to a parking area.

So I have written to the Exmoor National Park Authority, urging it to provide a means of access to this splendid stretch of access land.

View of Blackpitts from the access land



About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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