Monthly Archives: September 2016

Ian Mercer: national-park giant

Ian Mercer, the first Dartmoor National Park Officer and first chief executive of the Countryside Council for Wales has died aged 83. Continue reading

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Piddington path-check: day 1

I have taken on the parish of Piddington and Wheeler End in Bucks as the Ramblers’ pathchecker Continue reading

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Relaunching the Sussex Border Path

I relaunched the Sussex Border Path which Sussex Ramblers have brought into excellent condition. Continue reading

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The Archers: fiction or fact?

Is it right that The Archers is presented as news when it’s fiction? Continue reading

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The Viking Way at 40

Ramblers in Lincolnshire are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Viking Way. Continue reading

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Return to Challacombe Farm

The other day I called on Naomi Oakley at Challacombe Farm, near Postbridge on Dartmoor.  I had last visited 34 years ago when it was run by Peter and Min Cullum. Now their daughter Naomi is in charge with her partner Mark … Continue reading

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