阅读:漫步英国乡间

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  Vocabulary: countryside 词汇:乡村

 

  Would you like to join them for a long walk?

  An estimated eight million people in Britain enjoyramblingin the Peak District every year.

  But what many who enjoyoutdoor pursuitsdon't know is that their "rightto roam" was won by men whosacrificedtheir own freedom to gain access to the countryside for all.

  In 1932 wealthylandownershad exclusive use of large areas ofmoorlandsforgrouse shooting.

  Walkers were kept out by guards, until a group of 400 people from Manchester and Yorkshire, led by Benny Rothman, engaged on a masstrespass. The campaigner was jailed with four other men.

  The event is credited by many with starting a movement thatpaved the wayfor the establishment ofnational parks.

  Mr Rothman died in 2002 but he is now being honoured for his contribution with theunveilingofa blue plaqueon his former home in Crofton Avenue, Timperley, Greater Manchester.

  Retired professor, Harry, whofollowed in his father's footstepsby specialising inenvironmental issues, says: "He was a very optimistic man and he made the best of it when he went to prison. It didn't put him off campaigning, he went on campaigning onenvironmental issuesmost of his life."

  Mr Rothman did live to see the Countryside Rights of WayActpassed by Parliament in 2000, ensuring the freedom of the countryside for future generations.

  Roly Smith, a friend of Mr Rothman and an author of walkingguidebooks, said: "Itis down to themthat we have got what we have today."

  CouncillorJonathan Coupe, of TraffordCouncil, said: "The honour of havinga blue plaqueattributed to you means you have really made an impression on society."

  "Mr Rothman contributed to the changing of history and it is because of him that we are able to enjoy the local countryside as often and freely as we can today."

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