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Walkers' access battle goes on

Posted 4 February 2010
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An access battle that could see a public right of way established in the Dartmoor National Park has moved into a new phase.

Vixen Tor - which is popular both with those who want to go walking in the park and those bringing climbing gear - has been subject to an appeal by its landowner against a ruling by Devon County Council that the location should have unfettered public access.

The battle began in 2000 when the tor was listed as open access land in the Countryside Rights of Way Act, a move the landowner won an appeal against in 2005.

However, following recommendations from the Ramblers and the BMC, Devon County Council has recommended right of way access be granted.

In a joint statement, the two bodies said they were confident this latest attempt to block access will not succeed.

Visitors to Dartmoor can enjoy walking round and climbing a number of granite tors.

The national park includes the highest point in southern England, High Willways (621 m / 2,039 ft).

Posted by Dan Mirza
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