Bradleyfield Farm is situated on Kendal Race Course but it isn't a working farm. No one lives there. So the herd has no immediate link here. When I wrote About Scout Scar, and until comparatively recently, there was lambing on The Race Course in April and we locals loved to see it. Being invited into the lambing barns was a privilege. And throughout the year the ewes ensured the turf was grazed short.
Up on Scout Scar there are Welsh Black cattle, and Galloways on Helsington Barrows. They are docile, accustomed to walkers and dogs. You may walk close by and they carry on grazing, indifferent. Bullocks of a dairy breed are something else- these animals are unpredictable and we're all wary.
Clearly, the interests of farmers and visitors must be in balance. It is not cattle per se that are the problem. I'm hoping Scout Scar will soon be accessible to those of us who love to walk there without having to clear a way through large and pestering bullocks.
Of course the farmer could put up an electric fence to protect walkers and runners from the herd. This had already been done, temporarily, to keep sheep off two zones of limestone grassland. So that would be a reasonable solution to a problem which needs to be resolved fast.
I would like to see these rights of way across Kendal Race Course quickly made safe again. Scout Scar is a well loved beauty spot, an amenity that is essential to our well being. If you feel the same you might like to contact Natural England at Juniper House, Murley Moss, Oxenholme Road, Kendal. Or you might like to contact me and add your name to a growing list of those who want to see Kendal Race Course offering safe rights of way to Scout Scar, as it has traditionally done. The current situation is unacceptable and I'm looking to see this resolved.