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Cattle-grid blocks bridleway

April 10, 2012

On 14 March 2012, in a useful judgment for path defenders, two high court judges ruled that a cattle-grid cannot be authorised to block the whole width of a footpath or bridleway—Kind v Northumberland County Council [2012] EWHC 603 (Admin). Capheaton bridleway 11, 18 miles north-west of Newcastle upon Tyne, was recorded as a public…

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Fighting a horsey development in Chiltern beauty spot

September 10, 2011

We have joined the protestors against proposed development in the lovely Skirmett valley in the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Buckinghamshire. The society, with the Bucks Ramblers and many others, has submitted to Wycombe District Council a strong objection to plans to demolish the buildings at Stud Farm (now pointlessly…

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Horse-development rejected in Chatham countryside

April 11, 2011

We have helped to prevent a damaging development, at Capstone Road, Chatham in Medway, from going ahead.  The application was for the excavation of land for the creation of a riding ménage and construction of a stable block next to Drowlhill Woods. Our Medway local correspondent, the indefatigable 94-year-old Pat Wilson, opposed the plan when…

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Pennine walkers hit out at path cuts

September 10, 2010

Our general secretary Kate Ashbrook has slated government plans to cut local-council spending on public rights of way. Kate, who is also patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Town Network and a trustee of the Ramblers, was launching the South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival in the Walkers Are Welcome town of Ilkley, West Yorkshire,…

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