Landowner loses battle of Cumbrian footpaths

The Court of Appeal in London has ruled that a network of paths in woods near Carlisle should be registered as public rights of way, despite years of forceful objection from the landowners. In a ruling handed down this week, a three-judge panel at the court upheld earlier rulings and decisions, adding 34 footpaths to the "definitive map" in land known as Hatton Woods in Cumbria. This hard-fought litigation has been closely watched by the advisers of landowners seeking to protect their estates from new rights of way. The land is owned by alternative energy and land management company Roxlena
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