Go and get a map of the Lake District. Go on, I'll wait. Right, now take a look at all of the HUGE areas of open access land and take the time to truly appreciate them. There are so many that it's easy to take them for granted but don't. Each time you forge your own route up a fell, or around a bog, appreciate the fact that you can because the reality is, in a lot of places you can't.
We recently completed a 5 mile walk elsewhere which wound along pretty streams and in-between picturesque lakes, but you could only admire them from afar as access was restricted along the entire route. There were signs at every junction telling us what we couldn't do and to be honest, after a while it got pretty tiresome.
|Don't do this, don't do that...|
But do we only have ourselves to blame? Do these signs only exist because folks in the past have damaged property, left behind rubbish or failed to control their dogs? In some ways it's rather sad that we have to be told the blindingly obvious because some people, who will most likely ignore the signs anyway, don't know how to behave.
|It's a shame that people need to be told this...|
|Useful signs don't need to be fancy.|
|Some signs are definitely more useful than|