Monthly Archives: January 2016

My favourite hill? White Tor

This the walk on my favourite hill which I described in Countryfile Magazine: White Tor on Dartmoor Continue reading

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Dee’s centenary

My friend Dee Ivey would have been 100 today, 28 January 2016, and so I am thinking of her especially, and the huge influence she had on me and numerous other pony-loving children. She introduced me to Dartmoor and to its … Continue reading

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Paths at our heart

Yesterday representatives of path-user groups in Buckinghamshire met the county council’s portfolio holder for transportation, Mark Shaw.  In common with many others the council faces huge cuts, but we had a sympathetic hearing from Mark. He made clear his commitment to rights … Continue reading

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Stile-free walks for Turville

Turville Parish Council sensibly used £1,000 surplus budget to pay for the replacement of four stiles with gates on public footpaths. Continue reading

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So no more

I was pleased that Private Eye has poked fund at that annoying habit of starting a sentence with ‘So’. Continue reading

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The open common

I am keen to manage my land at Common Wood on western Dartmoor so as to attract Fritillary butterflies, but it is quite complicated and requires cooperation from various interests. Continue reading

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Ted of the tors

Ted Birkett Dixon, a man with immense and long knowledge of Dartmoor and its ancient monuments, has died aged 92.  He lived in Elburton, Plymouth.  He was a vice-president of the Dartmoor Preservation Association (DPA) and knew Dartmoor and its … Continue reading

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