Do you think people should be able to walk everywhere?
No. There should be common sense exclusions, such as private gardens, the immediate policies of people's houses, growing crops etc. Or where a very good case can be made out to restrict access for conservation purposes.
But would such free access work in this country?
Well, it does in many European countries, including Scotland. The Scottish access legislation and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CRoW) have created very few problems, despite the scare stories put out by landowning interests when the legislation was going through Parliament.
Do you believe that public rights of way should never be diverted?
Public footpaths and bridleways are too often diverted for the benefit of the landowner, rather than the user. Diversions should only take place where the new route is more commodious for the user. And even then, the historical significance of the route should be taken into account. Paths should never be closed except in very exceptional circumstances, and then only in the interest of users.
How can I get involved?
Keep reading this websites for updates on campaigns. Volunteer to work for organisations such as the Open Spaces Society, the Ramblers Association, the British Mountaineering Council and the Scottish Mountaineering Council. All of them have excellent websites. Monitor proposed path closure and diversion orders in your own area, and oppose those that are not in the best interests of walkers. Write a footpath guide or walks booklet to encourage people to walk in your own area. Let me know on my guest book page if you find a path blocked in your neighbourhood, or if you are challenged when walking across open country. Complain as well to your local council. Write to your Member of Parliament, MSP, local councillors and to the press supporting more access for Britain's walkers.