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Decade of right-to-roam celebrated

Posted 30 November 2010
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Decade of right-to-roam celebrated
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Today (November 30th) marks ten years since the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 was passed, creating a new right-to-roam for Britons in their walking boots.

A first attempt at creating such a bill was made in 1884 by MP James Bryce, with subsequent attempts occurring in Parliament every year up to 1914.

Yet while the Kinder Mass Trespass of 1932 helped galvanise the access movement and ultimately led to the creation of national parks, it was not until a decade ago the law to fulfil Bryce's vision came into being.

Justin Cooke, the senior policy officer at the Ramblers, said had been concerns in the press about the new law causing some problems for landowners.

"We now know that those fears were unfounded, as access to open country has been a massive success," he stated.

Further legislation passed last year in the form of the Marine and Coastal Access Act has paved the way for the creation of an English coastal path.