Monthly Archives: September 2013

Back to bandit country in Bucks?

Thirty years ago those parts of Buckinghamshire north of the Chilterns were bandit country for walkers and riders.  Paths were blocked and overgrown, they lacking signposts and waymarks.  A country walk in Aylesbury Vale was more like an obstacle course. … Continue reading

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Focus your bins on birds, RSPB

I’m a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds because I like birds.  Of course I know that birds are just one part of nature.  But I look to RSPB to protect, campaign for, teach about and … Continue reading

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Tradition upheld

I am pleased to report that Natural Resources Wales (NRW), which replaced the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) earlier this year, has maintained CCW’s tradition of a walk for partners during the eisteddfod.  Last year on this blog I expressed … Continue reading

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A CAPital chance

Sometimes I go to an event and by the end I’ve decided that it wasn’t worth the effort.  And sometimes I am pleasantly surprised.  Last week’s meeting held by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to discuss … Continue reading

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Consensus is vital to achieve law change for path claims

Twenty-six years may have seemed a long time for getting the official maps of public paths up to date, but half the time has gone already with little to show for it. In 2000, the government introduced legislation to cut off … Continue reading

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Movie village says no to Filming Bill

Turville is one of the most filmed villages in Buckinghamshire—Vicar of Dibley, Midsomer Murders, Goodbye Mr Tom and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, to name a few.  Buckinghamshire County Council, which is promoting the Buckinghamshire County Council (Filming on Highways) Bill as a … Continue reading

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Ramblers want to hear from you

Last week in Edale, Derbyshire, the Ramblers launched their outdoors debate, Go all out. Edale is the crucible of the access movement.  On 24 April 1932 ramblers from Sheffield walked through Edale and up onto the moors to join the … Continue reading

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X in the box on Northend Common

They always said that a sunny day is good for the Labour turnout but I fear that hasn’t helped in the Hambleden Valley ward of Wycombe District, Bucks, where we had a by-election today. We walked over the common to … Continue reading

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We’ll do things in the morning

Whenever I go to Henley-on-Thames railway station to collect a pre-ordered ticket from the machine, which is quite often, I have to remember to go in the morning. By the afternoon, the sun is shining straight onto the screen, making … Continue reading

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Pigeon parable

We have a small garden.  Even so, it contains at least four wood-pigeons’ nests—or may be the four nests of one pigeon.  They are rather messy affairs, built of twigs. We’ve had wood pigeons hanging around all summer.  They bill … Continue reading

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