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Battle of Vixen Tor resumes

Posted 20 July 2011
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Battle of Vixen Tor resumes
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Those keen to put on their walking boots and hike around Vixen Tor in the Dartmoor National Park may be closer to realising this aim as the public enquiry over disputed access to the site has reopened.

Landowner Mary Alford sealed off the popular walking and climbing route after buying the land in 2003 and told the enquiry in Princetown, Devon that she believes the land has always been private.

She is appealing a ruling by Devon County Council to allow right-of-way access to the Tor.

Her claims are disputed by the Ramblers and the British Mountaineering Council, who maintain paths to the site have existed for 80 years.

The end of the hearing has been delayed for six months after snow and ice forced the cancellation of an evidence session, but after this week's proceedings the inspector will be able to make a final recommendation to the secretary of state.

Dartmoor is famous for its granite tors, with the loftiest being Yes Tor at 2,032 ft, close to southern England's highest spot of High Willhays, which is six feet higher.