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Campaigners welcome cash-for-access plans in Gove's Agriculture Bill

A leading campaign group has welcomed the Westminster Government’s plans to link farm payments to improving access for walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Ramblers pay tribute to Jerry Pearlman, who paved the way for right-to-roam law

Campaigners have paid tribute to a luminary of the outdoor access movement who died recently. Jerry Pearlman’s work paved the way for the right-t...

Campaigners call on councils to fulfil duty to signpost 'secret' paths

Campaigners are calling on councils to fulfil their legal responsibility and end what they call the ‘scandal’ of hidden paths.

Survey shows Walkers Are Welcome status is good for towns' health and wealth

Making walkers welcome provides economic and health benefits for towns, a survey has found. Walkers Are Welcome towns can now be found across Engla...

Campaigners fear North Yorkshire path plans put routes at risk

Campaigners fear rights of way in England’s biggest county could be lost under an authority’s plans to categorise public paths.

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.

Awards for Janet Davis, Mick Nield and Nicky Spinks in Queen's Birthday Honours

A retired worker for walking charity the Ramblers has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, along with a top fellrunner and a long-serving mountain rescuer.

Controversial Thirlmere zipwire plans withdrawn over MoD low-flying concerns

Plans for a controversial zipwire across Thirlmere in the Lake District have been withdrawn. Mike Turner of Treetop Trek, the man behind the propos...

Cumbrian council rules Kirkby Moor windfarm must be dismantled as planned

Planners in Cumbria have ruled a windfarm near the boundary of the Lake District national park must be dismantled when its current consent runs out.

Campaigners win 14-year footpath battle with elite Harrow School

Footpath campaigners are claiming victory in a 14-year access battle with a top public school. A government planning inspector ruled against Harrow...

Campaigners slam 'sham' consultation as government shrinks outdoors surveys

Campaigners have dismissed as sham a consultation by a government department into outdoors research. The Open Spaces Society said a decision on cha...

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.

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