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Ramblers celebrate footpath battle victory

Posted 24 June 2011
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Ramblers celebrate footpath battle victory
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Those who like to go walking in East Anglia may be pleased to learn that the Ramblers has won an 18-year fight over a disputed public right of way.

Suffolk Ramblers had been locked in a struggle with landowners at Cordell Hall and Purton Green Farm near Sudbury over part of a route between Stansfield and Depden.

The owners of the hall and farm had applied for the removal of the track from the definitive map - the official record of public rights of way - in 1993.

But people heading across the county in their walking trousers can now pass across this land as the government inspector - after considering submissions in a public enquiry in March - has confirmed right of way status.

He did so because no objection was lodged when this status was first conferred on the path.

It was the second public enquiry over the route's status, following a previous failed attempt to de-list it in 2002.

Less successful attempts at maintaining access by the Ramblers include a failed bid in April to restore right-of-way status to a path at Bayham Abbey near Tunbridge Wells.