DR at National AONB Conference

09/07/2014

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What is happening in Lancashire.  July 9th
Disabled Ramblers are pleased to have been able to play a small part in the annual AONB conference which is being run this week from Newton Rigg College in Penrith.  Today was a field trip to Caton Moor on the north side of the Forest of Bowland, Disabled Ramblers were privileged to have had an outstanding ramble on this moor in 2011.  On that day we parked at John Taylor’s farm and we were treated to excellent ramble with tea and cakes in the barn after. Two Tramper routes have been mapped out as a result of this visit and the routes can be downloaded from Lancashire CC website.  The parking for these routes is further up the road closer to the wind turbines. This area is of special interest because of the variety of uses the land has been put to.  There are eight windmills generating power above a moorland landscape that is home to hardy sheep and cattle.  The views from this open aspect make it an ideal location to just go for a picnic and enjoy the vista of the Lakeland fells and Morecambe Bay or get the boots out and go for a real hike.  Local businesses have had to adapt to the changes in the way we manage land after a stretch on the moors the folks from the AONBs moved on to visit sustainable holiday cottages and visit the privately owned grouse moor where we will be doing our regional ramble on 24th July.
The delegates hope to go back with fresh ideas on how best to manage their own areas in the various parts of the country.  Tarja Wilson said to them that from feedback she has received since Lancashire businesses made their facilities all inclusive,  they reckon that for every disabled person that comes, four abled bodied people accompany them.  Looking at it negatively they would have lost five customers .
The day highlighted the need for continual maintenance when the radar lock proved difficult to open.  Would Andrew and Eileen be limited to looking through the bars!  Out came the trusted Tramper tool box and Andrew was able to free the lock.  We have made the local papers again with the Lancashire Evening Post (July 7th) doing a piece on our Arnside Knott visit. We hope to have more on that shortly.
Eileen Tomlinson
Pictures  Andrew Cross
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