Category Archives: parliament

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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A people’s charter

Today is the seventieth anniversary of the second reading of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Bill on 31 March 1949. It was a significant piece of post-war legislation. Continue reading

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A seventieth birthday gift?

The government’s review of national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty looks positive. We must make sure it is. 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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The value of walking

Last weekend the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network’s tenth anniversary get-together was held in Hebden Bridge, Calderdale.  Hebden Bridge was the first Walkers Are Welcome town, inspired by local residents Andrew Bibby and Gwen Goddard. The event was hosted by … Continue reading

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The Stalling Busk summit

On 7 October Ramblers gathered at Stalling Busk, the tiny village in the Yorkshire Dales, to celebrate a meeting in 1996 which helped to form the access legislation we now enjoy. Continue reading

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