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Ramblers warning over farming regulations

Posted 21 February 2012
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Ramblers warning over farming regulations
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Access for those who like to go walking could be at risk if new recommendations in a review over farming regulation are accepted, the Ramblers has warned.

The Macdonald Review of the issue listed 200 recommendations - of which the government has said it will adopt 159 - and the walkers' body has expressed concern that these could include measures causing those claiming footpaths for the public to incur higher costs and others that make it simpler to divert paths.

Another plan is for no new paths to be claimed beyond 2026.

Director of campaigns and policy at the Ramblers Nicky Philpott remarked: "There are so many different proposals which could drastically undermine our access rights; potentially closing off the countryside."

But, he warned the outcry over the proposed sell-off of Forestry Commission land in England last year showed how the erosion of access will be "bitterly resisted" by the public.

One specific campaign by the Ramblers for more access concerns its bid to create a footpath to link two others at Clare in Suffolk.

At present, one of them stops abruptly, 200 yards short of linking up with the other.