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Access rights in England

Rights to access the English countryside, including waterways, should more closely resemble those of Scotland. The land should be free for all to enjoy and use responsibly, it works in Scotland, it can work min England too.

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      • John AllanJohn Allan commented  · 

        Excellent idea, as a Kayaker, I have spent 45 years paddling rivers without causing anyone any real concern or damaging the environment, its time it was legal and we had free access like almost everywhere else in Europe. Mountain Bikers are in the same situation unfairly tied to some ancient law that says it's a carriage and hence theoretically illegal to ride on the open moor, where we cause no more damage than walkers, and probably less, and much less erosion than the cattle that graze freely there.

      • Jeremy HumphreysJeremy Humphreys commented  · 

        Don't forget Wales! - mountain bikers, runners, walkers, canoeists and kayakers alike. We should all be able to share our trails and waterways responsibly, but some fishermen seem to want the rivers to the exclusion of all others.

      • MikeMike commented  · 

        People who wish to enjoy the countryside without fear of being intimidated, molested or attacked by powerful dogs, that the owners cannot be bothered to control, should be able to do so. Where I live there are many people who would like to enjoy the countryside but are afraid to do so for fear of attack by uncontrolled dogs. Simple legislation such as found in most European countries requiring dogs to be controlled on short leads when meeting people in public places would make a significant difference.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Absolutely agree - mountain bikers, runners, walkers, canoists/kayakers alike. We all want access to trails and waterways to fully enjoy our fabulous coutry.

      • Mike PyeMike Pye commented  · 

        Dan Stringer and Robert Bailey are not alone. We must stand united!

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        1 more here - I'm a walker as well but the access is very heavily biased to walkers in this country - fair access for all on the same basis.

      • Dan StringerDan Stringer commented  · 

        A vote here representing mountain bikers. Across England numerous mountain bike associations are fighting hard to protect and improve mountain bike access on our limited number of bridleways. Many of these bridleways are regularly surfaced taking away the fun and natural element of the ride. Greater access for all will allow all users to share our access network in harmony.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  · 

        River navigation access for all is an important historical right that should be acknowledged and supported.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Walkers have rights over open access land and the foreshore, and the legislation that enabled that, brought in a restriction against horses. The common law rights to ride on moors and the foreshore were swept away without most of the public being aware.

        Responsible access for all should be allowed and also along all rights of way and unrecorded, unsurfaced lanes.

        Our country is gradually becoming a "Walkers only" culture and our social history is being rewritten.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        It doesn't work in Scotland. That's just more propaganda - it was imposed there. The idea that resources can be shared is only true under very special circumstances. You wouldn't have motorcycling on a golf course - fishing and canoes on narrow streams and rivers don't mix. The one destroys the other. And canoeists want it for nothing whilst anglers foot the fiscal bill and the environment takes the toll. NO!

      • Jenny GilesJenny Giles commented  · 

        Walkers, canoeists, naturalists, kayakers, swimmers and even many anglers are happy to responsibly share rivers the world over. The idea that this wouldn't be workable in England and Wales is ludicrous.

      • Jackie ForsytheJackie Forsythe commented  · 

        At a time where UK residents are some of the fattest in Europe with a huge drain on the NHS and we are being encouraged to exercise and take part in sport.....combined with developing our sporting talent.....how can this marry with draconian restrictions on river use?

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        I have canoe in Europe and USA and find the access position in England puts us low down the list in terms of access, even dictatorships have a more liberal attitude!
        Philip

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        rights if not for all ,are not equal rights

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