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York Council told to ramp up its work on public paths

May 21, 2019

We are pleased that the local government ombudsman has told the City of York Council that it must speed up its work on updating the official (definitive) map of public paths. This follows a complaint by our member Graham Cheyne about the council’s inaction on his application to add a path at Fulford to the…

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How to use MAGIC

May 13, 2019

Natural England manage the MAGIC website under the direction of a steering group. It provides geographic information about the natural environment from across government. The information covers rural, urban, coastal and marine environments across Great Britain. It is presented in an interactive map which can be explored using the various mapping tools that are included.…

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East Sussex steps up to replace missing signposts

April 18, 2019

We are pleased that East Sussex County Council has responded to pressure from path campaigners and has replaced missing signposts on many public paths in the county. Our local correspondents and other members reported missing signposts early in 2018, as part of the campaign to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Countryside Act 1968 which…

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We Save Bridleway Across School Grounds

March 25, 2019

We have helped to save a 935-metre-long section of public bridleway across the grounds of Christ’s Hospital School, near Horsham in West Sussex. Our local correspondent, Paul Brown, and society member Ruth Fletcher (of the Horsham District Cycling Forum) were among the objectors who fought the change at a public inquiry—and won. The existing bridleway…

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Call For England Coast Path To Extend Up The Hamble Estuary

March 19, 2019

We have called on Natural England to extend the England Coast Path up the Hamble estuary in Hampshire to cross at the A27 bridge. The path at Swanwick Photo: Ian Underdown Natural England, which is defining the route of the path, proposes to rely on the Hamble-Warsash ferry to provide a suitable crossing point. It…

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Getty Gives In And Withdraws Application To Fence Public Bridleway

January 17, 2019

Mr Tara Getty, grandson of oil tycoon John Paul Getty, has withdrawn his controversial planning application for deer fencing alongside and across a public bridleway, making the route appear private. The bridleway runs past Mr Getty’s Twigside Farm at Ibstone, in the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Mr Getty wanted to…

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Chilterns Plan Should Promote Public Access And Open Spaces

January 7, 2019

We have called for a greater recognition of the importance of common land in the new objectives in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s management plan. We were commenting on the Chilterns Conservation Board’s draft management plan for 2019-2024. There are nearly 200 commons in the Chilterns covering 2,000 hectares. Many of them are…

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Norfolk Path Recognised As A Route For Riders, Cyclists And Carriage Drivers

January 3, 2019

A route at Trunch in North Norfolk, which was recorded as a public footpath, has recently been confirmed as a restricted byway with rights for riders, cyclists and carriage drivers as well as walkers. Postle’s Lane, Trunch – south end with signpost Ian Witham, our local correspondent in Norfolk, discovered evidence to show that the 500-metre Postle’s Lane, in…

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Seventieth Anniversary Of ‘A People’s Charter’

January 1, 2019

This year we celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.  Our general secretary Kate Ashbrook, explains what it achieved. This is not just a Bill.  It is a people’s charter—a people’s charter for the open air, for the hikers and the ramblers, for everyone who lives to…

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Walking Well In Carmarthenshire

January 1, 2019

We have recently learnt of a group in Carmarthenshire called Walking Well.   It is a Welsh Government initiative designed to help those who want to get fitter, or just to stay fit.  Carmarthenshire is extremely rural with a low population, and there are a large number of paths for the poorly-resource county council to deal with. …

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