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Access to Land: Social Class, Activism and the Genealogy of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Statute Law Review
Issue number1
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)63-83
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish


This paper investigates the genealogy of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. The paper places the legislation within a broader, historical context and examines the social and legislative changes which prepared the way for a ‘right to roam’. The article also analyses the effect of civil disobedience and pressure group politics, questioning whether the new right of access is a victory for the access lobby, a compromise between conflicting interests or the product of an emerging political consensus.