Category Archives: Coastal access

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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What route for the Hamble estuary coast path?

Campaigners argue for the best route for the England Coast Path on the Hamble estuary in Hampshire Continue reading

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England’s coastal access STILL underplayed

They don’t learn.  Seventeen months ago (August 2014) and again seven months ago (May 2015) I criticised the government, and the Guardian through its letters page, for underplaying England’s coastal access by calling it a coastal path.  I have had to … Continue reading

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Golden Vanguards

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the Vanguards, a distinguished group of walkers who invented the 66-mile Vanguard Way between Croydon and Newhaven, and thence to France.  To celebrate their anniversary they organised a walk of the way in seven … Continue reading

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