The forecast was not good for today so we cancelled our planned climbing trip to Yorkshire limestone. Therefore to make use of the day set off this morning to start and reconnoitre a walk suitable for a charity walk I’m organising for next year. Usually I find problems with stiles or access so like to plan well in advance. The drizzle started just after I’d left the car and it steadily worsened over the next half hour and then tossed it down! The field paths I was following were already waterlogged after this summer’s deluge and rapidly deteriorated. Difficult to avoid sinking in some of the worst fields.
Progress was slow and in the end I cut the days walk down. Didn’t come across too many access problems [only one illegal diversion] unless you include the local animals – guardians of the countryside.
Just to make things worse I began to pick up a dreadful acrid smell which turned out to be a farmer burning all sorts of ‘plastic’ rubbish. Pollution on a small scale but if I did it in my back garden no doubt I would be prosecuted.
Feeling a bit grumpy by now but its all in a good cause. The charity that is. Could be worse – my 16-year-old Grandson is doing an 85-mile bike ride today from Blackpool through The Trough of Bowland, best of luck! The Lancashire Hot Pot! – more like an icy gazpacho soup in these conditions.