‘ helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy ‘
‘ promoting access to the countryside and open spaces and encouraging open air recreation.’
The government encourages us to take more exercise. That’s what we seek to do in walking from Kendal, onto one or other of the two public footpaths crossing the Race Course, onto Scout Scar. Now we are discouraged by inquisitive bullocks that crowd the stiles and follow walkers. It’s intimidating.
Among the locals who walk daily on Scout Scar there are some with orthopaedic problems: knees and hips that can make walking unsteady. For anyone with heart problems walking is essential. Being surrounded by a herd of bullocks, as happened last week, is stressful. There is no enjoyment with bullocks about.
The introduction of bullocks to Kendal Race Course, whose public footpaths are so frequently used, is ill-judged.
I have already told Natural England my view and I shall continue to do so as I gather support. And until there is a speedy and satisfactory solution. As walking for health and fitness is essential to us all I want to be back out there immediately. Had there been consultation this could have been avoided.
Until recently ewes were grazed on Kendal Race Course. A few years ago lambing took place there. A delightful pastoral. Sheep please. Not bullocks.