Perhaps I am halting the advance of age...for the moment at least.
Having started this week with a very easy 3 to recover from Sunday; today Tuesday it was time a run "up the moor"
The majority of the paths up there at that time were very narrow; we would run single file for many of the 15 or so miles. With the passage of time, time which has seen a large increase in the numbers walking , running and even mountain biking up ont' moor, the paths have become more and more eroded. As erosion occurs and bogs form, so we have tended , naturally, to skirt around the boggy bits and as a consequence the bogs gets wider and wider. In many places there is a danger of sinking thigh deep into clawing, black peat.
The Bradford Countryside Service solution has been the importation of mill flagstones from Accrington and ,using helicopters, deposit them for laying down later. Regular readers will know that I have previously posted about this practice.
Recent letters in the Ilkley Gazette have referred to more work going on up there. Some are in favour but it would seem that "purists" prefer to walk or run with that constant danger of sinking up to two feet. So with the sun high in the sky I made a rare excursion to see for myself what the "fuss" was about.
I was pleased to discover that one notorious short section had been addressed. I called it the "red bog".
Only 100 metres or so but a stretch that could spoil on a great run on a summer night and ruin many a pair of socks in a matter of a minute. Deep, very soft, red goo! Gone!
Carrying on up the main trail to the masts at Whetstone Gate and then swinging left to the trig point I found the flag stones laid in the last couple of years have been existed even further; to the trig point and beyond.
Hardly surprising that a letter debate is ongoing in the local press.
Personally it suits me as I like to keep the pace safe and steady and not get bogged down. Whilst getting well away from traffic and enjoying superb views of Wharfedale and Airedale. But I can see why many walkers are upset about the so called improvements.
But surely even the purists of purists would admit that certain pathways were becoming impassable.
But they haven't finished yet. I came across more flagstones ready to be laid.......