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Campaign seeks path re-opening

Posted 3 December 2010
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Campaign seeks path re-opening
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The fate of two disputed footpaths in Kent those in walking boots have used for decades is set to face the next stage in the battle to restore public access.

An area of land including the former Bayham Abbey estate includes two footpaths the Ramblers has been seeking to secure the public's right to go walking on and the body will argue the case at a public enquiry starting on Monday (December 6th).

The case follows objections by the landowner to the secretary of state's decision last year that there was enough evidence of the paths being in long-time use to justify inclusion on the definitive map of all legal footpaths.

Bayham Abbey's ruins and the surrounding land have been off limits since new landowners fenced off the area in the 1970s.

Rambler's chief executive Tom Franklin said walkers had visited the site "since time immemorial" until the 1970s.

The body has also been involved in a similar campaign to restore access to Vixen Tor on Dartmoor, with the results of last month's public enquiry now awaited.