'Peak', England, The Peak District, Kinder Scout
Below is an excerpt from my travel blog. Cheers.
This view gives one a sense of the landscape of the midlands region of England. Like a sea of green waves, England's countryside hills and their hollows make their way to the horizon in every direction one looks.
Although the Peak District is a national park and one is free to roam and enjoy this public park, I was surprised to find out that most of Great Britain's countryside is open to the public, whether it be public or private. Known as the 'The Right to Roam', England and Wales fully enacted this law in 2000 and Scotland in 2003. In Scotland, the idea of one's right to universal access to land (known there as the Scots law) is an ancient tradition and extremely important to their culture. England and Wales have more limitations in regard to this law than Scotland. The idea of one's 'freedom to roam' in Great Britain is a topic I encountered a few times while visiting and has been a hot topic in the last decade. This debate has many of the same principles as Americans' right to bear arms. Some agree with this fundamental right, while others look at the the repercussions and question its purpose. Privacy, damage to private property and environmental issues are some of the primary concerns here. I can tell you first hand from my experience in Scotland that the farmers aren't pleased with this law, as the increase in hikers/tourists tramping over their land has caused many problems and is only getting worse.
Above is the a view from Kinder Scout in the Peak District. It is the highest point in the Peak District.