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Ramblers win public access case

Posted 15 January 2010
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Ramblers win public access case
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Those wanting to go walking on an area of access land in Scotland can now do so after the landowners trying to block access to their estate abandoned an appeal against a legal ruling.

Euan and Claire Snowie were planning to contest the judgement in the case brought by the Ramblers and Stirling Council in 2008 that they should abide by new access laws and open up the area for walkers.

However, the couple conceded defeat this week and now those wearing walking gear rambling, cycling or putting on a riding hat and going horseriding can access the 40 acres of the estate at Boquhan near Kippen.

Convenor of Ramblers Scotland Dennis Canavan said: "I welcome the abandonment of the appeal and I think that Mr Snowie and his legal advisors have come to the right decision."

The original case had arisen after the Snowies locked the gates to their estate to keep the public out.

Other access cases and campaigns being fought by the Ramblers include attempts to restore public access to Vixen Tor in the Dartmoor National Park.

Posted by Elaine Arthur