Category Archives: Open country

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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We don’t need a Moses but a movement

On the 80th anniversary of the Campaign for National Parks, we need to ensure everyone can enjoy our finest landscapes. Continue reading

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Alan for access

I am sad that Alan Gaskell, West Riding Ramblers’ access champion, has died aged 93. Continue reading

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Memories of Michael Meacher, friend of the access movement

Yesterday, 4 November, Michael Meacher would have been 76.  He was a true friend of the access movement.  When Labour won the election in 1997, Meacher became Minister of State for the Environment.  Despite being a very un-Blairite left-winger, he retained … Continue reading

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A decade of access in south-west England

Sunday 28 August 2005 was a landmark day in the south west of England. Ten years ago today the new access rights under the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000 came into effect.  This meant the public had the … Continue reading

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Hard-won access in the Wolds

A band of chalk sweeps south west to north east across England, from the Dorset coast to Flamborough Head in North Yorkshire.  So the Yorkshire Wolds, in East and North Yorkshire, are part of the same seam as the Chilterns, but the two … Continue reading

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Wedded to the Ramblers

At the end of volunteers’ week 2015 I want to thank Alan and Elsie Gaskell, who today celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary.  They have worked tirelessly for the Ramblers for decades.  They have been stalwart members of the association’s West … Continue reading

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