We know you love walking - but what stops you going?
In a recent poll we asked:
"We know you love walking - but what stops you going?"
We'll publish the results shortly, but here are a few comments we have received . . .
“I have had a back problem which, although mending, can be caught out when walk directions/published routes remember to put in stiles (easy!) but don't mention "Just duck under...." - bloody nigh impossible!
I thus have to stick to familiar paths; or go with someone who can remember the "arches/tunnels", or only do walks which are so short that I can retrace about 90% to reach shelter before dark, just in case some so-and-so has plonked a "crawl under" near the end of the path.
Perhaps you could ask anybody suggesting routes to note this.
I am not alone, I can tell you from my out-patients clinic!! And most of us have been told to walk by our physiotherapists with the rider that it should not be on metalled roads; "walk on footpaths" is the prescription.
Keep up the good work (? or is it fun?)”
“Work all week, church Sunday, everything else has to fit into Saturdays!”
“Lincolnshire . . . ahh. No! . . . Lincolnshire . . . argh!!!!!
Having lived in the county all my life I can honestly say there is no more boring place to live as far as walking is concerned.
Try anything slightly off the beaten track and you are likely to get confronted by barking dogs straining at the leash (or not), electric fenced areas that suddenly surprise you. Landowners that insist you must turn back, despite the fact that you have already walked three or four miles. Paths that have been: ploughed up, deliberately over-sown with whatever crop is in season. Stiles that only people over 7 foot tall can negotiate.
To be fair the locals are friendly enough but the landowners look upon walkers as a necessary evil. It is a long sad, depressing tale of a rather uninspiring county that anyone who lives anywhere near should actively avoid at all costs!
Try Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire . . . anywhere but NOT Lincolnshire.”
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