Walking those Local Paths

I wrote this three years ago. We had no idea then just how important local paths were to become in these days of pandemic. So please help the Ramblers claim those 49000 miles of paths that are not yet on the Definitive Map. Fight this government’s proposals to make your freedom to roam in our… Continue reading Walking those Local Paths

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A Walk to Craig Varr

It’s a couple of years we stood on the summit of Schiehallion, looking towards Loch Rannoch. This time we were looking back in the opposite direction. Craig Varr is a modest height, but a terrific viewpoint, really a spur of the long ridge running down towards Kinloch Rannoch. And when I say terrific viewpoint, I… Continue reading A Walk to Craig Varr

The battle of Battlemead — CampaignerKate

Battlemead Common was bought by Windsor & Maidenhead Council for all residents to enjoy. It must create a path across the land to enable this to happen. The battle of Battlemead — CampaignerKate

Stonehenge High Court Victory

JUDGEMENT PUBLISHED Message for supporters and donors of Stonehenge Alliance from John Adams, OBE, Acting Chairman, Stonehenge Alliance written on 30 July 2021 “We were delighted to hear today that Save Stonehenge WHS’s legal challenge was successful and the Development Consent Order for the A303 Stonehenge scheme has been quashed. “The judge found that the Transport… Continue reading Stonehenge High Court Victory

On the Cumbrian Coast

The Cumbrian coast is now included in the All England Coast Path, the coastal strip that will eventually cover all of England. Not having been for a while, and interested in seeing where Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins went after their misadventure on Carrock Fell – when Wilkie Collins sprained his ankle on their descent,… Continue reading On the Cumbrian Coast

Windermere Gateway Development – Thoughts of Friends of the Lake District

Windermere Gateway Development – Orrest Head Farm Update 23 July 2021 We have now prepared our response to proposals for the Windermere Gateway Development. You can read our response here. We are concerned that the draft Supplementary Planning Document only covers off-site highway improvements in any detail. Our response urges the Lake District National Park… Continue reading Windermere Gateway Development – Thoughts of Friends of the Lake District

Victorian Trespass Protests on Latrigg Fell

Keswick gained quite a reputation as a mountain town in Victorian times, not least as a starting point for the ascent of Latrigg and Skiddaw via Spooney (sometimes Spooning) Green Lane. This is the route that was notoriously closed by the Spedding family of nearby Greta Hall in 1887, prompting the famous mass trespass, which… Continue reading Victorian Trespass Protests on Latrigg Fell

Walking Class Heroes – Pioneers of the Right to Roam by Roly Smith

Just twenty years ago, after decades of protest, the then government passed the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CroW) which gave us the freedom to roam over more of our mountains and hills, heath and downlands. A step in the right direction for the benefit of all country walkers. But how did it all… Continue reading Walking Class Heroes – Pioneers of the Right to Roam by Roly Smith