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2014-08-14 11:32:29
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Hi Bleck Cra. It wasn't Simon who wrote the article - he simply reproduced it for us here, from a UK forum. Whatever everyone's views on the matter, don't shoot down Simon for bringing it to us!

As to the the matter of access - it is going to continue to be a vital issue, especially as so many of the hills in Ireland are farmed and have livestock, fencing, machinery and crops. I tend to ask anyone I see, or else leave a note in my car window with my phone number in case a landowner wants to contact me. I’ve never had a problem with this approach and always find landowners appreciate being asked. I thought the walker in the article Simon reproduced came across as pompous and condescending, and emitting an aura of 'I have a right to be here'

(The farmer asked) 'Can I help you?'

I said, 'Help me?' in a questioning tone and added light heartedly, 'I'm not lost'

The walker was playing pedantic games but clearly understood what the farmer meant. That attitude won't help walkers anywhere.

In this case the farmer feared the spread of TB on her farm - she had every right to walk down the middle of her field as no doubt she knew her own footwear was TB-free. Who knows where the strangers boots had been - forests, other farms, stepping in animal faeces or even the remnants of dead animals. Many will remember the Foot and Mouth disease that paralysed hillwalking in Ireland in 2001. Preventing walkers from crossing farmland helped stop an epidemic of the disease. Of course this farmer had a right to challenge the walker, especially as her livelihood was potentially being put at risk. He should have taken it on the chin , apologised and said no more.
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