The Ramblers has expressed dismay a decision to uphold the right of a landlord in Kent to keep walkers away from an historic abbey, something that may disappoint those who like to go walking
A public enquiry has ruled against claims that established footpaths to and around Bayham Abbey in Kent have been in use historically, despite the Ramblers claiming historical evidence of these.
The ruling - which brings to an end an access dispute that has gone on since the 1970s - concluded that while such paths have existed, they were gated and this showed landowners did not intend them to be for public use.
"We are obviously hugely disappointed at the result and it is deeply saddening that such a scenic setting remains closed off to the public," said Ramblers chief executive Tom Franklin.
However, there are many other walking options around Kent, such as the North Downs Way, which passes through the county from the coast around Dover and Folkestone, continuing on into and through Surrey.