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Classes to avoid "right to roam" clashes

Thursday 10 June 2004

FARMERS and landowners are being invited to go back to school to learn how to avoid clashes with militant walkers when the so-called "right-to-roam" legislation comes into force this September.

The first parts of Britain to be thrown open under the Access to the Countryside Acts – which have been a matter of burning controversy ever since the present government was elected – cover the Craven area of the Yorkshire Dales outside the national park, much of the North West and most of the Pennines down into Derbyshire.

Many maps of the newly opened land are still causing bitter dispute amongst farmers and their representative bodies are anxious that these will not lead to angry confrontations by more militant ramblers, mainly city-based, who have the support of many left wing MPs.

To advise landowners of their rights and responsibilities, a series of briefing sessions has been organised by bodies including the NFU, the CLA and the Countryside Agency.

The first meeting in Yorkshire will be at Todmorden on June 15 at 2.30 am. To reserve a place call the CLA on 01785 284722.


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