MORE than 300 people walked the old road between Pollensa and Lluc this weekend as part of their ongoing campaign for public access to hiking routes on the island.

The Council of Majorca recently announced that it had reached a deal with private property owners in the area, which will see members of the public being given full access to the road.

The deal between the council and property owners in the area provides for the erection of a barrier to prevent vehicles from using the road and to make sure that livestock can't escape.

But despite the Council's assurances, the Platform for Public and Open Roads decided to go ahead with the scheduled walk at the weekend to make sure that members of the public are given full access to the road.

The group's spokesman, Joan Ramon Bosch, said that they were demanding guarantees that members of the public could use the road.
Bosch called on public officials to “remember that it was their duty to defend the public interest and public property and not those of private property owners”.

He said that the “defence of public roads around the island also forms part of the fight to protect our home, our landscape, our culture and our environment”.

Hiking and nature groups from throughout Majorca attended the walk, which ended with a meal in Font de Muntanya.