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Barbara was always there

My friend Barbara MacDonald would have been 105 today. I remember her devotion to the Dartmoor cause. Continue reading

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My favourite hill? White Tor

This the walk on my favourite hill which I described in Countryfile Magazine: White Tor on Dartmoor 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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Military charade

These anniversaries make me feel old!  Forty years ago today, 25 November 1975, the Sharp Inquiry into military training on Dartmoor opened in Exeter. I was still at university and skipped some lectures to take part—because what better training could I … Continue reading

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‘A bloodless coup’

Another anniversary!  Today, 9 July, the Open Spaces Society holds its AGM exactly 30 years after the AGM on 9 July 1985 when, for the only time in its 150-year history, the society booted out its president. That president was the late Earl of … Continue reading

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Acronym soup

Until this month I had not set foot in Woolmer Forest, east Hampshire, since 3 October 2002.  That was when, as a member of the Countryside Agency board, I was asked to consider whether the forest should be included within the boundary of … Continue reading

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Savouring the Luddesdown victory

It was Dartmoor which took me to North Kent for the Luddesdown public inquiry in 1984, and it was my involvement in that inquiry which took me back there last Sunday, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our success. In … Continue reading

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