The local authorities whose duty it is to protect and care for our public rights of way, generally say that they can’t afford to look after our paths because of “the economic climate” but I feel that is just a lame, convenient excuse. The real reason is that some, certainly my council, do not seem to care. And they can get away with that attitude if the public doesn’t care either, or at least if the majority don’t. Initial contacts with my council to express concern drew little interest leading me to score it as a moderate success if I even received a reply. I now represent the Open Spaces Society and so have a louder voice (I suppose the council might say “bigger mouth”) which will be harder to ignore.
If this blog is called Brian Walking then I could have called my new blog Brian Ranting, but I resisted the urge. But that is what I shall mostly do there - rant. Yet I’m keen to give credit where it’s due and hope to find cases to rave about rather than complain. It’s in my nature to resist the urge to be too hopeful on that count though.
Meanwhile, I am preparing to get back to the more enjoyable pastime of walking with shelter, rations and the relevant kit on my back. I’m still dreaming about where to go but The Pennine Way will be the major trek next year.
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Work in progress