Access to the countryside : the tragedy of the House of Commons

Mayfield, Benjamin John William (2017) Access to the countryside : the tragedy of the House of Commons. Legal Studies, 37 (2). pp. 343-362. ISSN 0261-3875

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The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (the CRoW Act) serves as an example of the way in which ideology can frequently become a casualty of realpolitik. Wider access to the countryside was a pillar of Labour Party general election manifestos from the 1950s until the introduction of the CRoW Act. This article examines the antecedents and emergence of this statute to determine whether the eventual form of the rights of access under the CRoW Act represent a missed opportunity to grant public rights over private land.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Mayfield, B. (2017) Access to the countryside: the tragedy of the house of commons. Legal Studies, 37: 343–362. doi: 10.1111/lest.12154. which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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