Category Archives: Coastal access

Opening the coast

Seventy years ago today a House of Commons committee debated the inclusion of coastal access in the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Bill. Continue reading

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Roaming the Cromer coast

On my recent visit to Cromer for the Walkers Are Welcome annual get-together I found time to explore the Norfolk coast. Continue reading

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Across the Cardiff barrage

For more than 20 years I have visited the Eisteddfod, to walk with Welsh colleagues.  This year the Eisteddfod was in Cardiff; it was  much more a part of the city than is normally the case when the maes is … Continue reading

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On the whale-backed downs

I went to the Ramblers’ Sussex Area AGM and enjoyed a walk on the downs before presenting a well-deserved volunteer award to Chris Smith. Continue reading

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The coast is our birthright

In 1936, my predecessor at the Open Spaces Society, Laurence Chubb, called for the protection of the coast and our access to it:  We have called attention more than once to the danger which confronts the people of this island of … Continue reading

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68th birthday of ‘a people’s charter’

Today is the 68th anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. Continue reading

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White Cliffs Festival launched at Walmer

I opened the fourth White Cliffs Walking Festival at Walmer on 24 August. Continue reading

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