Marhofn 280.16 - May 2014

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Hackles raised

Martin Richardson

Although not about a Marilyn - not even a hill with any prominence - the recent complaint on behalf of a H@r@cles H@ll GOML about people accessing The Common* in Staffordshire, to visit a trigpoint pillar, could trouble anyone who bags hills in England.

A number of people have posted on the trigpointing website that to gain access they needed to cross a barbed wire fence and/or wall. In February 2014 the website owner received an email from the National Farmer's Union access officer asking for the removal of information about this trigpoint pillar. The email goes on to say:

'it lies on private land upon which prior permission would need to be sought from the landowner. The logged visits on the trigpoint's page clearly indicate that access has been being sought by various members of this website without prior permission and suggesting methods of access over stockproof fencing and drystone walls all of which could result in property damage or indeed danger to either the person accessing the land or to livestock.'

It is not clear from the correspondence as to whether this is a one-off or heralds a campaign to pursue similar references on all the bagging websites. However, maybe we should take care on what we say when logging how we reached summits in England or Wales.

* The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 gave the public the right to roam freely on registered common land in England. I can only assume that despite being named The Common, it is not registered as such.

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