Monthly Archives: April 2015

The spine of our movement

The Pennine Way, which runs along the spine of England, is the spine of the ramblers’ movement. Yesterday I launched a new gate at the start of the Pennine Way in Edale, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the route. … Continue reading

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Solvitur ambulando*

This is the article which has just been published in the annual magazine produced by my school for its old girls (‘seniors), The Benenden Senior. ‘The content is good but you need to be more conversational.’  That was the verdict of … Continue reading

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Fifty-year milestones

Today, 24 April 2015, marks two fiftieth anniversaries.  On 24 April 1965, while the Pennine Way was being opened on Malham Moor, attended by Fred Willey, Minister of Land and Natural Resources, I (oblivious of this event) was heading to Hillbridge Farm … Continue reading

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Tried and tested in Wales

Ramblers Cymru is part of the Ramblers’ family.  Its Welsh Council  consists of volunteers from all levels of the organisation in Wales and meets annually, electing officers and an executive committee, overseeing the work of Ramblers Cymru and passing motions. … Continue reading

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Hawl i grwydro (freedom to roam)

I was in Oriel College, Oxford, last week and passed this portrait of college fellow James Bryce, by George Reid, on the stairs.  When he was MP for South Aberdeen, James Bryce promoted his Access to Mountains Bill (1884). Unfortunately, although … Continue reading

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Encounter with a drone

I rarely have cause to go to Cambridgeshire, perhaps because the effect of the inclosures means it has few commons.  So it was fortunate that when BBC Look East wanted to interview me at Wimpole Hall, near Cambridge, I could combine … Continue reading

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Hilary Green, 27 September 1918—16 April 2015

I am glad that, finally, I visited Hilary Green in her lovely Wealden home last May. For now she has died (peacefully and compos mentis to the end) at the age of 96, and I should have been so sad never … Continue reading

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