UNVEILING OF COMMEMORATIVE RIGHT TO ROAM PLAQUE – SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER

JANET STREET-PORTER TO UNVEIL COMMEMORATIVE RIGHT TO ROAM PLAQUE

Media Personality and Right to Roam campaigner Janet Street-Porter will unveil a plaque to
commemorate a historic meeting in the Right to Roam campaign.

The historic meeting, the “Stalling Busk Conference”, took place in the school room at Yorkshire Dales village Stalling Busk over a July1998 weekend, and it was here that several key Ramblers’ Association players got together to draft a Right to Roam Bill that could be offered to an MP to introduce as a Private Members Bill. The first version was presented to Parliament by Paddy Tipping M.P..

When northern MP Gordon Prentice drew one of the top spots, he chose the Right to Roam Bill that had been recently drafted at Stalling Busk. It soon became a major part of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CROW Act) of 2000 which legalised walkers’ Right to Roam.

The CROW Act was the successful culmination of a campaign of more than 100 years. Major events in the campaign included the Kinder Trespass of 1932, and large rallies attracting 10,000 ramblers held in the Winnats near Castleton in the 1930s.

Now, as a result of the CROW Act, walkers have legal access to mountain, moor, heath, down, and registered common land in England and Wales. In Yorkshire, The CROW Act created hundreds of square miles of designated access land on the Pennines and the North York Moors which walkers can explore, delight in secret valleys from which they had been precluded, and be thrilled by views they had never seen before. There have been no incidents and walkers have freely observed the regulations for land management purposes.

The CROW Act also makes provision for the English Coast Path along the whole of the English Coast. The path is on course to be fully completed and opened in 2020, all 2795 miles of it. Great news for walkers and for all those who love the sea.

NOTES
The unveiling of the plaque will be at 1200 noon on Saturday 7th October at Bells Cottage, Stalling Busk, Nr Bainbridge, North Yorkshire DL8 3DH. There is street parking in the village. Stalling Busk is virtually surrounded by designated access land.

The wording of the plaque is:

THE RIGHT TO ROAM

THE STALLING BUSK
CONFERENCE

The Ramblers met here to draft what became
Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

August 1998

CONTACT
News Release by Keith Wadd, Vice-Chair, West Riding Area of Ramblers’ Association 01423 872268
tansley22@btinternet.com

Jerry Pearlman, President of West Riding Area of Ramblers’ Association, member of the Stalling Busk Conference and Ramblers’ Association Hon. Solicitor at the time 01132 671114
jjp@pearlman.co.uk

Mike Church, Chair West Riding Area of Ramblers’ Association 01924 462811 church_mj@yahoo.com