Now I live in BC, it’s easy to forget the hard-won rights of access that the UK now enjoys. Even 10 or so years ago, I remember farmers “accidentally” ploughing up paths over their fields to discourage hikers. The “use it or lose it” clause can eventually mean they can remove the path if it remains unused by the public.
It is the 80th anniversary of the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass in the Peak District which led to the opening up of much of the British countryside to ramblers. Hundreds of people risked imprisonment to walk up the then publicly inaccessible peak of Kinder Scout.
The effects of this remarkable action are still with us today. Many battles have been won but there are still many to fight (see related articles at bottom of post).
A Success Story
The official opening of the All Wales Coastal Path on 5th May will mean Wales will have the first footpath in the world around a whole country’s coastline.
Here is why Lonely Planet made Wales its No 1 world destination for 2012:
“What a wonderful thing: to walk the entire length of a country’s coastline, to trace its every nook, cranny, cliff-face, indent and estuary. How better to truly appreciate the shape – and soul – of a…
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