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Walkers lose Vixen Tor battle

Posted 21 September 2011
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Those who like to go walking on Dartmoor will not be able to access Vixen Tor, after the landowner won a battle to exclude the public.

A planning inspector Mark Yates ruled in favour of Mary Alford - who acquired the land in 2003 and fenced off the Tor - despite acknowledging that people had walked and climbed there in the past.

He said he was "not satisfied that, on balance, the evidence of public use of the order route, either in whole or part … is sufficient to demonstrate the dedication of this route at common law".

The decision overturns a previous judgement by Devon County Council that the area should have right-of-way access, which Ms Alford had appealed, triggering the public enquiry.

However, those who enjoy visiting the national park can still enjoy many other Tors and beauty spots, such as High Willhays and Yes Tor, the highest points in southern England and the only ones above 2,000 ft.

Dartmoor National Park covers 953 sq km in total.