A public enquiry over access to a famous Dartmoor landmark used by climbers for over a century has begun today.(November 23rd)
Vixen Tor was a favourite haunt for walkers and climbers alike, but those coming with climbing ropes found the granite outcrop fenced off after a change of ownership in 2003.
This remains the case despite Devon County Council imposing a right of way ruling on the site last year, with the appeal by landowner Mary Alford leading to today's proceedings in Princetown.
She has persistently denied there was a right of way at the site in the past.
Both the Ramblers and the British Mountaineering Council are involved in the campaign to ensure access to the Tor is re-established, which could enable people to come back with their climbing shoes
Last week, the Open Spaces Society reported success in a move to get a blocked path re-opened in another part of the south-west.
The route near Charlcombe on the outskirts of Bath was re-opened after a local member raised the issue with Bath and North East Somerset Council.