Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Bridleway 78 and Footpath 77 Diversion Order
I come across this public footpath diversion order today near to the entrance to Walkerwood Reservoir. It seems the Borough Solicitor wishes to have this bridleway/footpath diverted. This is almost certainly due to plans by New Charter to build new homes in the area of the existing footpath. It would be tragic if this new housing development were to encroach upon the wonderful moorland in this area.
Shortly after making the video of the diversion order I acted upon the advice of a commenter to this blog who suggested trying another route to the Wild Bank Hill triangulation point. The commenter suggested walking up the steep incline facing Walkerwood Reservoir which makes for a more a challenging walk. Well, they weren't wrong! Compared to the route I usually take the walk up the steep hill over the moss and rocks was totally exhausting. After my tenth or eleventh stop for a rest I realised that however much you try and keep fit, eventually the ageing process will catch up with you and sap your stamina.
I'm not particularly enjoying this growing old lark. Not only am I losing stamina but I have also realised that my eyes are not once what they once were. I remember an optician friend once telling me that I would need reading glasses by the time I was fifty, I said no way, my eyesight is perfect, but either print in newspapers has become smaller or my eyes are not focussing as they once did, maybe he was right after all, but conceding defeat to the inevitable is not something which comes naturally to me, especially if means I will end up looking like Joe 90.