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Cathy Dobbs: Puzzled over countryside 'barriers'

The founder of a hiking group for British Muslims took to The Guardian recently to vent about “huge racial disparities in access to the outdoors”.

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Haroon Mota said that minority communities face barriers when it comes to accessing the countryside. This had me scratching my head – as I’d never seen any barriers to accessing the great outdoors.

After all, there aren’t farmers standing at gates with pitchforks. So long as you’ve got some good footwear and a waterproof jacket anyone can have a day out in the countryside.


The world has officially gone barmy. This week it was revealed that hundreds of suspected rapists have been wrongly labelled as women by the police.

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