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All Quiet on the Vixen Tor Front

January 27, 2015

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, Dartmoor Preservation Association and the British Mountaineering Council have any sort of plan to restore formal access?

Or has everyone just put their hands up and surrendered?

Isn’t it time the RA and the BMC and others were campaigning for complete freedom to roam in the countryside of England, Wales and Northern Ireland?

If you are a member of any of the above organisations why not email and ask:

1, What are you doing to restore access to Vixen Tor?

2, Will you campaign for access legislation on the Scottish model?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2015 6:56 pm

    Thanks for this piece — it is outrageous.

  2. January 28, 2015 12:07 am

    It looks a cracker. I agree that none of the tors should have access blocked to them and, to do so is silly anyway. If you have something on your land which looks like that, it’ll get visitors no matter what!

  3. January 28, 2015 3:38 pm

    Bad enough that people deny access anyway but when they buy somewhere knowing there’s always been public access it makes it even worse.

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