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ScotsPine
28th May 2005, 10:36
The launch ceremony will be at the spectacular Ribblehead viaduct
Hundreds of ramblers are preparing to take advantage of the "right to roam" across large areas of northern England.

Walkers will get "open access" to more than half a million hectares following a ceremony at the Ribblehead viaduct, in the Yorkshire Dales.

The weekend also marks the beginning of the right of access in Wales.

The "right to roam", granted by the Countryside Act, has prompted fears among some landowners that farmland will be damaged and privacy infringed.

The right allows walkers, runners, and climbers to roam the access areas but not vehicles.

It also excludes access to cultivated farmland and gardens, and roamers must obey local restrictions.

Rural Affairs Minister Jim Knight will be joined by Doug Scott, the first Briton to climb Mount Everest, at the Ribblehead viaduct on Saturday.

They will then exercise their new rights by heading off across the moors with ***hundreds of other walkers***.

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nothing like getting away from it all eh? hill walking, the 'english way'. when are you lot going to put something in your water? :\

Sysman
28th May 2005, 11:12
They will then exercise their new rights by heading off across the moors with ***hundreds of other walkers***.

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nothing like getting away from it all eh? hill walking, the 'english way'. when are you lot going to put something in your water?

Like sheep!