Tag Archives: open country

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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The open common

I am keen to manage my land at Common Wood on western Dartmoor so as to attract Fritillary butterflies, but it is quite complicated and requires cooperation from various interests. 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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Memories of Michael Meacher, friend of the access movement

Yesterday, 4 November, Michael Meacher would have been 76.  He was a true friend of the access movement.  When Labour won the election in 1997, Meacher became Minister of State for the Environment.  Despite being a very un-Blairite left-winger, he retained … Continue reading

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A tribute to ‘Access’ Alexander

John Alexander, who was footpaths officer and then chairman of the Ramblers’ Winchester Group, has died aged 91.  But he was far more than a group official, important though such jobs are; he participated vigorously in the national campaign for … Continue reading

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Hard-won access in the Wolds

A band of chalk sweeps south west to north east across England, from the Dorset coast to Flamborough Head in North Yorkshire.  So the Yorkshire Wolds, in East and North Yorkshire, are part of the same seam as the Chilterns, but the two … Continue reading

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Wedded to the Ramblers

At the end of volunteers’ week 2015 I want to thank Alan and Elsie Gaskell, who today celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary.  They have worked tirelessly for the Ramblers for decades.  They have been stalwart members of the association’s West … Continue reading

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