Co-ordinated by the Ramblers'Association and supported by, among others the British Mountaineering Council and the YHA, a joint statement has been formulated which welcomes the endeavours of those local authorities which succeeded in opening some parts of their rights of way network in time for Easter.
However, with the bulk of trails in England and Wales still closed, the
public perception is that - thanks to FMD - the countryside remains off-limits and the
remind all local authorities of the recent veterinary advice from MAFF and
the National Assembly for Wales;
call upon them to make more effort and open the vast majority of their path
network and access land in time for the May Day Bank holiday;
ask authorities to publicise as widely as possible the extent to which
rights of way and access land are open - since walkers, cyclists, riders and
other recreational users are extremely unlikely to visit without this
Perhaps the BA, the ACT, the BCF and CTC would like to add their voices to this campaign? All of the outdoor recreational bodies should be pulling as one...
Outdoor Industries Association
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