Category Archives: riding

How independent?

How independent is Natural England? Defra has cut its vital survey yet NE has apparently said nothing. Continue reading

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Vital volunteers

Volunteers Week: a fine opportunity to celebrate those who protect our public paths, and to consider the impediments they face. Continue reading

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Let’s have data not dogma

The government threatens to cut a vital survey of people’s engagement with the outdoors, with loss of important data. Continue reading

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Dee’s centenary

My friend Dee Ivey would have been 100 today, 28 January 2016, and so I am thinking of her especially, and the huge influence she had on me and numerous other pony-loving children. She introduced me to Dartmoor and to its … Continue reading

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Paths at our heart

Yesterday representatives of path-user groups in Buckinghamshire met the county council’s portfolio holder for transportation, Mark Shaw.  In common with many others the council faces huge cuts, but we had a sympathetic hearing from Mark. He made clear his commitment to rights … Continue reading

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A hypothetical question

‘If the choice which the country has to make is between well-trained forces on the one hand and sacrificing your pony rides on the other … where would you like the government to make the choice?’ That was the first, … Continue reading

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Round and round the common

The Heads of the Valleys Development Company is under financial and competitive pressure to build its massive Circuit of Wales motorsports development as soon as possible.  Bizarrely, it opted to site the construction on common land, with all the inherent delays which that … Continue reading

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