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Vixen Tor testimony tells of decades of access

Posted 24 November 2010
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Those who hope to go walking on Vixen Tor in the Dartmoor National Park may have been boosted by the testimony of people who were able to walk there over many decades.

Witnesses at the public enquiry set up to decide the controversial issue of access to the Tor heard from walkers Thomas Frost and John Summers, both of whom recounted having no problems getting to the Tor, the Plymouth Herald reports.

Mr Frost said he visited the site many times from 1955 onwards, entering through a gate that was "never locked", while Mr Summers said he made many excursions there between 1948 and 1989, including family picnics.

Such arguments may help ensure those planning to head to the Tor with their hiking boots or climbing rope can do so, despite owner Mary Alford's appeal against Devon County Council's decision to grant public right of way status to the location.

She had the site fenced off in 2003 after buying the land.

Access disputes in the UK date back decades, with the most famous case being the 1932 great trespass on Kinder Scout in Derbyshire.
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