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Fight for Vixen Tor

January 8, 2013

Vixen Tor

What is it about the owners of Vixen Tor? Here we have the highest free standing rock on Dartmoor, a spectacular tor resembling from some angles the Sphinx. For generations it was free to access for ramblers, riders and rock climbers. Then the new owners purchase it and immediately deny access to the public. Shamefully, despite a massive weight of public evidence at a public inquiry, it was not deemed to be access land under the CRoW Act.

The spineless Dartmoor National Park Authority could have then made an Access Order, but chose not to. Now this fine rocky giant of the Moor is surrounded by barbed wire and hideous “Keep Out” notices.

Vixen Tor

There should be no forbidden tors in the Dartmoor National Park. Please help to legally remove the barriers surrounding Vixen Tor. I am pleased that so many ramblers continue to visit the tor.

Since the reversals of last year, all has gone quiet. Do the Ramblers Association and the British Mountaineering Council have any sort of plan to restore formal access?

 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sean Brogan permalink
    January 8, 2013 6:48 pm

    This is an issue close to my heart and freedom to roam- Happy New Year John – I think that this year will be as bitter as the next -Sean

  2. January 8, 2013 7:43 pm

    I’m pretty sure it’s fallen a victim to the ‘suing culture’ and the owners are probably afraid of a rock-climber taking a fall and suing them for all they’ve got!

  3. January 9, 2013 7:34 am

    The suing thing is a myth. You can’t actually be sued because a rocky falls off a cliff you own. Volenti non fit injuria. This landowner is famously anti-access. She closed off Merrivale Newtake, where there are no steep climbs until CRoW came along.

    Thanks too Sean for your comments. and regards for the New Year. T

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