Tag Archives: right to roam

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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A decade of access in south-west England

Sunday 28 August 2005 was a landmark day in the south west of England. Ten years ago today the new access rights under the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000 came into effect.  This meant the public had the … 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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Not so benign?

Last week I went to a reception at the House of Lords to celebrate England’s national parks. It was held in the Attlee Room, under the shrewdly benign gaze of Clem Attlee whose portrait hung on the wall.  Since he was prime … 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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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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