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Ramblers seek Forest access promise

Posted 5 November 2010
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Ramblers seek Forest access promise
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The Ramblers is pressing the government to ensure any Forestry Commission land sold off to help cut the deficit is still accessible to the public afterwards.

It has argued no area should be off-limits to those wishing to go walking after being sold and advocated the use of section 16 the Countryside Rights of Way Act to designate places as access land wherever there is a danger of the public being excluded.

The body said public rights of way and access areas should also be managed properly as a stipulation of any sale.

Describing an autumnal walk in the woods as one of life's great pleasures, Ramblers chief executive Tom Franklin commented: "Who owns the land is not as important as how they are managed and the fact that public access to our forests is preserved."

The Forestry Commission owns land across the UK, including in national parks such as the Lake District.

One of these areas is the Whinlatter Forest Park, which it describes as being England's only mountain forest, since it includes the 2,595 ft (791 m) summit of Grisedale Pike.

Posted by Dan Mirza