Mountain access for ramblers likely to become law – archive, 3 December 1938

3 December 1938: The ‘right to roam’ moved a step closer as the House of Commons unanimously approved the principle of the Access to Mountains Bill

Westminster, Friday
The beacons of Lancashire and Yorkshire should be ablaze to-night, for the ramblers from the towns are in sight of their liberty. The long and desperate fight for access to the mountains, for the right to watch “the slow motion of a summer’s cloud” without having first dodged a gamekeeper and negotiated barbed wire, is nearing its close.

The House of Commons has unanimously approved the principle of the Access to Mountains Bill, and as the arguments in favour of it accumulated in force and the powers of darkness shrank before the dawning day a perceptible wave of enthusiasm spread through the house. This unanimity, which seemed unlikely at the beginning of the debate, was won only upon the promise that reasonable amendments would be considered in Committee.

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