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Trespass or not trespass

July 9, 2013

Since writing “The Compleat Trespasser” my mind has been dwelling a lot on the concept of trespass.

Whether we should even use the word?CTC-Refined_edited-2

If we even think of our right to walk across forbidden landscapes as trespass – or ourselves as trespassers – are we admitting that we have no right to be there and that the landowner has absolute rights to the land, to the exclusion of all others?

We, very sadly, have a government that is particularly anti-walker.

They seem to be hell-bent in ditching the all-England coast path.

They seem determined to make criminals out of walkers who walk on land where they have always walked.

Isn’t it time that bodies like the Ramblers Association got a tad more militant?

Let us bring back Forbidden Britain day.

Let us campaign for access legislation on the Scottish model.

I suggest the reasons why we should in “The Compleat Trespasser”.

Let us throw timidity and caution to the wind.

This is YOUR land – time to enjoy the right to roam across it!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2013 8:58 pm

    Timidity is a good word because it describes perfectly people’s attitude to land ownership, and their attitude towards authority generally. We’re too damned meek and polite in this country. I shall buy a copy of your book because it looks like a splendid read and I expect I’ll agree with everything you say.
    Cheers, Alen McFadzean

  2. July 15, 2013 6:42 am

    Hope you enjoy it Alen. Attitudes to land are particularly strange in England. Up in Scotland at the moment where there is awonderful feel of access liberation. Cheers.

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