Category Archives: Open country

Kinder’s legacy

The 90th anniversary of the Kinder trespass is a chance to call for a new movement for access. Continue reading

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Access regained

Access to downland at Chawley Manor in Bucks is not to be restricted, following a campaign but the Ramblers and Open Spaces Society. Continue reading

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Elsie’s centenary

On Elsie Gaskell’s centenary, I describe a book about her father which explains why she was an access campaigner. Continue reading

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Access to Mountains Act: a travesty of access

The Guardian recently ran an article about the second reading of the Access to Mountains Bill 1938, but things went downhill after that. Continue reading

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Secret access

When continuing access restrictions were proposed on land in the Chilterns I visited and decided that such proposals were unacceptable. Continue reading

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Moorland massacre

Forty years ago the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 received royal assent. It did nothing to save moorland. Continue reading

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People at the heart of policy

I spoke at the recent national park societies’ conference: national parks have never needed us more. Continue reading

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Will yo’ come o’ Sunday mornin?

On Sunday 5 September I joined the 125th anniversary demo of the Winter Hill mass trespass. Continue reading

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Worthing’s well-kept secret

I joined a reunion to celebrate victory in a campaign for access to Worthing’s downland, but the access land is a secret. Continue reading

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Elsie Gaskell: access champion

Life-long access campaigner Elsie Gaskell would have been 99 today. Sadly, she died last month. She was born on 17 January 1922 to a coal-mining family in Pendlebury in Salford. Her father, William Davies, had served on the front line … Continue reading

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