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Ian Mercer, giant of national-park movement, dies aged 83

A leading figure in the outdoors movement has died after a career advancing the cause of national parks and public access, Ian Mercer was the first Dartmoor national park officer and the first chief executive of the Welsh Government’s advisory body, the Countryside Council for Wales.

Scores watch new dawn as Lake District and Yorkshire Dales extended

Scores of people saw dawn break over a national park landscape to mark the first day of the extended Lake District.

Campaigner Kate Ashbrook: Brexit threat to countryside 'deeply worrying'

A tireless fighter for access rights is worried the exit from the European Union will have serious effects on the great outdoors.

Campaigner warns partnership could lead to 'Disneyfication' of national parks

A leading campaigner warned against the ‘Disneyfication’ of Britain’s national parks cautioned that the setting up of a partnership could lead governments to cut budgets further.

Campaigners urge rethink on Lancashire council's countryside sites plan

Campaigners have urged a local authority to rethink its plans for its countryside sites. Lancashire County Council said it intends to stop looking ...

The outdoors year in view: our look back through 2015's triumphs, tragedies and curiosities

The year provided plenty of outdoor adventures, not least provided by Mother Nature herself, as exceptional weather became the norm.

Campaigner Kate warns Welsh footpath plans could spread to England

A leading campaigner said she fears for the future of Welsh footpaths if Government proposals go ahead.

Trust marks locals' open-space victory in Battle of Berkhamsted Common

As battles go, it’s less well known than Hastings or Bosworth, but a night-time raid to save the people’s right to use an open space is being celebrated by the National Trust.

Derbyshire County Council is 'shooting itself in foot' over path team cuts plan

Britain’s oldest national conservation body has accused a council of shooting itself in the foot by cutting back on paths budget.

Ramblers relaunch Sussex Border Path after 18-month survey

A group of Ramblers have relaunched the Sussex Border Path to mark the Walk about Britain festival. The route has been checked by local Sussex Ramb...

Campaign group welcomes change to include rights of way in property-sale searches

Campaigners have welcomed a change in planning procedure that means potential buyers of property will have to be told about rights of way crossing the land.

Campaigner Kate Ashbrook will open 'unique' Welcome Way linking three towns

An access champion will officially open a unique long-distance walking route at the weekend. Kate Ashbrook will walk part of the Welcome Way from t...

New 'insidious' enclosure moves threaten green spaces, campaigner Kate warns

The country faces a new enclosure movement that threatens England’s public spaces, a campaigner warned.

Campaigners celebrate as Worthing downs granted open access status

Campaigners have won a six-year battle for access to downland in a national park. Members of the Worthing Downlanders are celebrating after the are...

Campaigners angry at 'unfair' common land swap for Circuit of Wales

Campaigners have expressed their anger at a land swap allowing a motor-racing circuit to be built on the edge of a national park.

Outdoor groups pay tribute to Michael Meacher, architect of right to roam

Outdoor campaigners paid tribute to a former Labour Environment Secretary who has died. Michael Meacher was the architect of the right-to-roam laws...

Campaigners welcome withdrawal of Thirlmere fells fence plans

Campaigners have welcomed a decision to withdraw plans for fencing on a Lake District common. United Utilities said it wants to carry out consultat...

Environment minister Rory Stewart says national parks are 'soul of Britain'

Conservative junior minister and adventurer Rory Stewart said national parks are the ‘soul of Britain’.


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