Sunday, 27 April 2008

Fight for Freedom on Vixen Tor

Excellent turnout for the Vixen Tor Demo; over 200 ramblers packed the Pork Hill car park in Dartmoor National Park. There was a short speech from Kate Ashbrook of the Ramblers Association, thanking everyone for coming and outlining where the fight to restore access lies. Then, we headed off, into the mist, to the boundary walls of the field where Vixen Tor sits.

A great shame we cannot wander around this imposing tor, once a great place for climbers to hone their skills. There was a mention of trespassing, which raised my hopes, but it wasn't taken seriously, the mood was peaceful and the crowd were more likely to break out the jam and scones than break into the enclosure!

The latest on the battle is that the Ramblers have lodged a series of Rights of Way claims, presented to Devon County Council, last week. The council have promised to look into it, but an outcome wouldn't be expected for at least 12 months. We'll just have to wait!

Would have loved to have stayed to do one of the many walks on offer once the point had been made, but unfortunately, I had a long drive home!

For more on the demo, go to the BBC website here.

For more on the background to the affair, click here.