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Freedom to Roam in Wales?

December 18, 2013

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(Image courtesy of Victor Bayon)

The Welsh Government announced this month that it is to review legislation relating to outdoor access – deeming the current provision to be “out-dated, disjointed, burdensome to administer, and often difficult to comprehend.”

How often have you found access to your favourite crag or cliff impeded by “Stay Out!” and “Private Property” signs?  Access to many of Wales’ most popular routes, including many on the sea cliffs at Gogarth, is impeded by a variety of private property and trespass laws that can make getting around the countryside tricky.

In response to this (and in recognition of the large contribution that outdoor pursuits make to the Welsh economy), the Welsh Government will review current access legislation, perhaps even opting for something akin to the present Scottish system.

“In Scotland the law guarantees ‘a statutory right of responsible access to land and inland waters for recreation’”, writes…

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