Category Archives: National parks

Day on the downs

A six-mile walk across downland on the western edge of the South Downs National Park. Continue reading

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A special day for the South Downs

Twenty years ago today John Prescott announced that the South Downs would be a national park. Continue reading

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Devon Ramblers’ golden day

I joined Devon Ramblers to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary on Dartmoor. Continue reading

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Farewell Len

Len Clark, a great figure in our movement, has died aged 103. We shall remember him with affection and admiration. Continue reading

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Unforgettable Bar

I like to remember my friend Barbara MacDonald on her birthday, 28 August.  She would have been 107 this year.  This is what I said at her post-funeral gathering in her home village of Moretonhampstead on Dartmoor on 30 September … Continue reading

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Celebrating Jerry’s life

On 20 July 70 people gathered to remember Jerry Pearlman, former Ramblers’ solicitor and member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Continue reading

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Climate-crisis speech in a hothouse

On 16 July I went to Kew Gardens to listen to the environment secretary, Michael Gove, speak about Defra’s work. Sadly, he didn’t mention public access until I asked the question. Continue reading

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