The trail access rights riders enjoy in Scotland are seen as the holy grail of rights of way entitlement in the UK. A couple of years ago there was a lot of excitement when it was rumoured that Wales may too go for a real access for all approach – but sadly it didn’t come to pass.
Now, to commemorate the Kinder Trespass of 1932, the Spirit of Kinder event is holding a meeting to look at how the access model works in Scotland and whether it could work south of the border. The Edale Village hall meeting – 25 April, 2pm – will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Pennine Way, which starts in the village.
Of course, any discussion regarding ‘the Scottish model’ couldn’t possibly go ahead without the input from mountain bikers – after all, mountain biking investment has proved hugely successful in the seven Stanes and around Fort William – so i’d encourage you to go along and speak up for mountain bikers. I’m certainly hoping to get there.
We are an under-represented group so it’s down to us to make our voice heard – responsibly – when the opportunity presents itself.
You can find out more on the meeting here:
See you there!