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Forest panel visit welcomed

Posted 2 March 2012
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Forest panel visit welcomed
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The visit of the government's Forestry Panel to Cumbria this month has been welcomed by the Ramblers.

On March 7th the group will be in the Lake District, with the Ramblers noting that the issue of access stretches beyond woodland owned by the Forestry Commission like Whinlatter and Grisedale.

At present there is some access for those who like to go walking in the woods owned by United Utilities around Thirlmere and Haweswater reservoirs, while Greystoke Forest also contains many permissive paths.

The Ramblers notes that 82 per cent of forest in England is privately owned, suggesting this makes access there an important issue.

Dr Malcolm Petyt, a vice-president of the Ramblers and access officer for the Lake District area, remarked: "We urge the Panel to remember walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts during their visit, and to know this is an issue we care passionately about."

Woodland walks around Thirlmere include the path past Harrop Tarn, which then crosses nearby moorland and passes Blea Tarn on the way to the village of Watendlath above Borrowdale.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801307919-ADNFCR