Monthly Archives: April 2013

The South Shields dynasty: defenders of our freedom

The parliamentary constituency of South Shields, which has a by-election on 2 May, is significant for access campaigners. Since 1935 the south Tyneside seat has been held continuously by MPs who have promoted the cause of public access, public paths and common land. … Continue reading

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The Kinder legacy

New Mills was a good choice for the first Spirit of Kinder Day, to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the Kinder Scout mass trespass on 24 April 1932.  The town is close to the north-west edge of the Peak District … Continue reading

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A spiteful act

The guillotine has dropped.  Today the government’s spiteful Growth and Infrastructure Act came into force, sweeping away the opportunity to register land as a village green in England when that land is earmarked for development. Not only does the act change the law which … Continue reading

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On this day

Little did I know, as the train bore me around the western side of Dartmoor to Tavistock, Devon, on this day 48 years ago, that it was the start of my campaigning career.  Nor did I know that on that … Continue reading

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Kilvey Hill’s culture

Macsen the skewbald horse, with his silent, unshod feet, carefully picked his way along the track, taking Richard Williams and me down the side of Kilvey Hill, east of Swansea.  It is an excellent way to travel, and carriage driving is … Continue reading

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Ramblers’ vital volunteers

Today at the Ramblers’ general council I presented 12 ‘president’s awards’ to our volunteers for their fantastic achievements, on campaigning, paths and access, work in the countryside, recruitment, led walks, committee work, media and individual achievement.  I preceded the award ceremony … Continue reading

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A glaring mistake

Buried within the new GOV.UK website is the Defra policy, ‘Protecting and improving people’s enjoyment of the countryside’.  This contains actions on public paths, coastal access, common land, town and village greens, protecting and enhancing English landscapes and funding the Canal and … Continue reading

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