Category Archives: wild country

An alien cross

I enjoyed the Dartmoor Preservation Association’s pre-AGM walk but was not pleased to find a large cross on the top of Sheeps Tor. 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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Trespasser remembered

George Haigh, probably the last of the Kinder trespassers, died yesterday aged 103. 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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National parks: a common good

I was invited to have the last word at the national park societies’ conference, held on Dartmoor during World Commons Week. Continue reading

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The last full-day’s walk

Ten years ago was my last proper walk with my dear friend Rozel Lawlor who died in April 2010. Continue reading

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Two Exmoor centenaries

This month we celebrate the centenaries of two indefatigable women associated with Exmoor: Hope Bourne and Anni MacEwen. Continue reading

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