Saturday, 16 August 2008

Re-routing footpaths. What do you think?

I went on a walk recently and would have given up if it hadn't been for a local dog walker who inadvertently led me to the path.
The official path is diagonally across the field - now recently planted with saplings and no sign of a stile in the opposite corner. As it turned out the path has been re-routed around the edge of the field, into the adjacent field and down a hedged passageway behind a newish stable.
Apart from issues regarding whether paths should be re-routed, surely folks should be made to clearly sign the new paths. What do you think?
This photo has nothing to do with the above walk. I found this carving in the middle of a hedge down a quiet lane in Chirk. It tells the history of the place (as seen by the tree, I guess). If you click on it, you'll get a better view.


Coastcard said...

I love the carving! As for footpaths: well, stiles are my bugbears, as my metal hips & knees do not bend as well as the original ones did once (many years ago now). Give me a footpath with gate - or kissing gate - any day. I wish there were more accessible coastal paths on Gower & in Pembrokeshire. The walk at Bempton Cliffs was great!

Mistlethrush said...

Actually that's a really good point - stiles could easily be replaced by gates. It also makes me wonder who invented stiles in the first place - and why? A bit of research required here.
I wonder if stiles are preferable because they require less wood to build? I wonder...

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