Category Archives: wild country

Tony Hams remembered

Remembering Tony Hams on what would have been his 76th birthday, a great leader and a dear friend. Continue reading

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Red-letter day

Fifty years ago today, while at school, I received my first letter from Sylvia Sayer, a special moment. Continue reading

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Ouzel hunt

There were no ring ouzels up Tavy Cleave, but I was pleased to see whinchat and cuckoo, and to hear some groppers. Continue reading

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A milestone meeting

Fifty years ago today I first met Sylvia Sayer who inspired me to become a campaigner. I owe her so much and remember her with huge affection. 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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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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Ten years of Common Wood

I have owned Common Wood on Dartmoor for ten years, and it is as lovely as ever. 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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