Access denied

Access denied.


It’s been a week when we have been reminded that there is very little freedom to roam in England and Wales, by Nick Hayes’s  The Book of Trespass and  a new right-to-roam campaign

While the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 was a big stride forward for access in these nations, it did not go far enough.  The mapped downland was exiguous for a start.  And in many cases even when land has been mapped as access land you cannot get onto it.

I have such an example close to home, in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Grays Lane Banks in the neighbouring parish of Ibstone (GR SU751923) was the last area to be added to the access maps, in 2009.  It was omitted from the Countryside Agency’s draft access map and added to the provisional map in 2005 after I made representations.

Grays Lane Banks…

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