Monday, 29 November 2010

Doesn't time fly - 10 years since Right to Roam legislation Assent (29/11/10)

Tomorrow, were celebrating the tenth anniversary since the landmark Countryside and Rights of Way (CroW) Act received Royal Assent finally giving legal access to over one million hectares of open countryside in England and Wales. It was a pivotal moment in the campaign for access in England and Wales a campaign which began back in the 19th century. Royal Assent for the CRoW Act fired the starting pistol for the mapping process which has resulted in large swathes of the country being opened up to walkers. And the Ramblers played the critical role in pressing for this legislation just as it is doing today in helping to create a route around the entire coastline of England and Wales

Well done to everyone involved but we need to remember our work goes on.  The eye-watering cuts being proposed to public rights of way and access budgets by some local authorities threaten to seriously set back the achievements of the past few decades.  And we also have the challenge to encourage more people to get out and enjoy our countryside for health and well-being.

Tom Franklin


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