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|Description ||Glassonby Cairn Circle.|
Beautiful, peaceful, teaming with wildlife, remote and serene.
Until a great big 4x4 came across the field and informed me the land was private and that I should have asked for permission.
The ambience was gone in an instant, Katie was quite shaken.
Please take my advice and try to get permission to visit. Then at least you can relax and enjoy the site to the full.
|Whatever happened to the Right to Roam? Drivers of 4WD vehicles are bullies on and off road!|
|Before the "right to roam" law comes into effect the land must be mapped so everyone knows where they can walk. As I understand it only for 3 of the designated national areas [area 1 (Southeast), area 2 (Lower Northwest) and area 3 (Central Southern England)] has work actually started on mapping. Those for area 4 (Upper North West England) and area 5 (North East) are due to commence in late May 2005. No idea about the time table for the other 3 areas.|
I think Glassonby comes in area 4 so, sadly, the right to roam here doesn't yet operate.
Oh yes, and hear, hear on 4WD drivers.
|Does the right to roam include access privately owned enclosed fields?|
|Dunno - I'm sure you are right though. I've always been a "roamer" as I have a real problem about private ownership of land - just a nomad at heart. Escorted off land at the point of a shotgun once! Reformed character now ofcourse (sort of)|
|The right only applies to land classified as open country - mountain, moor, heath, down and common land. On the face of it, enclosed fields are not included - unfortunately.|
In general, the continental landowners don't seem to have the same miserly proprietorial attitude that afflicts their British counterparts. As long as you close the gate after you it's OK. In Sweden, I think, you even have the statutory right to go anywhere and that doesn't seem to cause any problem.
|Oh where do I start!!! Right to roam a good start but more, please. Wheres the problem, if someone wants to visit a place which has been there for thousands of years and will be for thousands more. If you don't damage, if you consider other people ie don't disturb anyones home. If you don't damage crops, or disturb livestock, then why not. Why shouldn't all ancient monuments be available. Nobody owns anything! So small minded - see the bigger picture. Access should be encouraged, unlimited within the reasons I've described above! Nicola -roam, freely, care fully.|
|I've often trespassed, not always knowing so. The times that I've been challenged, I've had a good chat with the landowner and they've often shown me things on their land that weren't on the map, or known about to 'non-locals'. Just be non-confrontational and enthusiatic about yer interests, it's amazing how many folks entertain you, or even encourage you!|
|Enfolding a landowner in enthusiastic chat is also my usual tack with landowners, David. I ususally start by springing this comment on them "my dad is a farmer and ....", but this guy was different, and because my daughter was with me, I had extra reason for feeling uneasy. When I did talk to him, he calmed down, and let me continue to take photos. He really just wants people to ask permission first, but I wouldn't know how to get in touch with him. So its all a bit difficult at Glassonby Cairn Circle.|
| Shame we don't know who owns this - would love to visit real soon!|
|Martin L |
| Tim, have a look here: Runemage posted a comment regarding the owner: |
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