Monthly Archives: August 2020

When we are free: a ramblers’ anthem

Today would have been Barbara MacDonald’s 108th birthday. She would have enjoyed the song When we are free by her granddaughter Anna Tanvir. Continue reading

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Triple whammy at Yellowstone

Fifty years ago this month I had a memorable experience in the Yellowstone National Park. Continue reading

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Access denied

It’s been a week when we have been reminded that there is very little freedom to roam in England and Wales, by Nick Hayes’s  The Book of Trespass and  a new right-to-roam campaign.  While the Countryside and Rights of Way Act … Continue reading

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John Foster: champion of protected landscapes

My friend John Foster, who was a pioneer for protected landscapes and access in the UK, would have been 100 today. Continue reading

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Five gates for stiles

After years of complaining I and others have managed to get five difficult stiles replaced with gates on a Bucks footpath. Continue reading

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