Category Archives: Open country

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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Okehampton bypass inquiry: 40 years ago

It is 40 years since the 96-day Okehampton bypass inquiry opened. Continue reading

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The Rivington Pledge

Thirty years ago today, more than 3,000 demonstrators pledged to trespass on land owned by water authorities if public access there was not protected in the Water Act 1989. Continue reading

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Trespasser remembered

George Haigh, probably the last of the Kinder trespassers, died yesterday aged 103. Continue reading

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The Ramblers’ Shirburn Hill rally

Twenty years ago 2,500 Ramblers rallied on Shirburn Hill, Oxfordshire, to celebrate the government’s decision to legislate for freedom to roam. Continue reading

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A memorable day

Twenty years ago today we celebrated the government’s announcement that it would legislate for public access. Continue reading

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1189 & all that

Thirty years ago I wrote an Opinion piece in Open Space magazine about the importance of 1189. Continue reading

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