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tgormley
2007-04-20 16:51:52
Bikes & All
There is a problem about access to the hills and it seems to get worse as the amount of wilderness decreases while the number of people trying to enjoy it in various ways multiplies.

I always feel ambivalent when I see bicycles; horsey types tell me they hate to see walkers; farmers don't seem to want anyone on the hills who can't pay by the yard; and we all hate quads. And if all of us keep destroying the more obviously habitable parts of the planet, some landowner is sure to put an auctioneer's sign on Tom Milligan's "rebel's cave" or the lee side of one of padodes' erratics before long.

Whatever about potential interference with rights to private property, the uplands are in need of management and, in fairness, the people with the most immediate responsibility for that management are the people who get the most profit and pleasure out of the resource.

Whether we ride horses or bikes or go by shanks' mare (I draw the line at quads but I'm taking counselling for it) we need to get together with those who make a living on the uplands and see to their maintenance. As David Herman points out, a good deal of taxpayers' money has gone into supporting farming communities, particularly near wilderness areas; their appreciation is due in the form of access for all; but this should not have to include cleaning up after leisure users, whether by picking up our litter, restoring damaged fences or trying to reclaim land destroyed by boots and wheels.
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