Tag Archives: National trail

The fight over the Wolds Way’s opening 40 years ago

Today is the fortieth anniversary of the Yorkshire Wolds Way national trail, but it was the Ramblers’ alternative opening which made the headlines. Continue reading

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Fifty years of the Cotswold Way

Fifty years ago today the Cotswold Way was launched, as part of the Ramblers National Footpath Week 1970. Continue reading

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England’s coastal access STILL underplayed

They don’t learn.  Seventeen months ago (August 2014) and again seven months ago (May 2015) I criticised the government, and the Guardian through its letters page, for underplaying England’s coastal access by calling it a coastal path.  I have had to … Continue reading

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Blog stats

WordPress has sent me a summary of my blog stats for 2015, though there are still two days to go. It tells me that my blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015 and that I posted 111 stories (not quite … Continue reading

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David Sharp, father of the Thames

David Sharp—designer, illustrator, writer, campaigner, organiser, walker, vice-president of the Ramblers and much else—has died aged 89.  He was a great man in many respects—and all the greater for his self-effacing modesty.  His work was the public face of the … Continue reading

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The spine of our movement

The Pennine Way, which runs along the spine of England, is the spine of the ramblers’ movement. Yesterday I launched a new gate at the start of the Pennine Way in Edale, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the route. … Continue reading

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Fifty-year milestones

Today, 24 April 2015, marks two fiftieth anniversaries.  On 24 April 1965, while the Pennine Way was being opened on Malham Moor, attended by Fred Willey, Minister of Land and Natural Resources, I (oblivious of this event) was heading to Hillbridge Farm … Continue reading

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The (not so) good is the enemy of the best

It may surprise you to hear that the Open Spaces Society has objected to a planning application for a new footpath in Maidenhead. This is because the proposed path would make it even more unlikely that we could win a Thames-side … Continue reading

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Wales encircled by birds

One of the loveliest works of art I have seen in a long time is the ceramic pavement at the start or finish of the Wales Coastal Path, by the old bridge in Chepstow, which is also close to the start or … Continue reading

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Walkers Are Welcome—a winning formula

Last weekend, as patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network, I went to the towns’ annual get-together.  This year it was in Chepstow, at the start or finish of the Wales Coast Path and Offa’s Dyke National Trail.  It … Continue reading

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