Inclusive Path

Alex Murdin

 

   
   

dates:4th,5th, 6th & 7th October

 

location: Keswick Town Centre and Grasmere village.

 

directions : Inclusive Path will be located in the Market Square in Keswick on the 4 th & 5 th of October, well signed for pedestrians around the town. It will then migrate to Grasmere on the 6 th & 7 th, follow the FRED signs in village centre.

 
 

“Ugly scarred paths spoil the view for everyone - walkers, climbers and sightseers alike.” www.fixthefells.co.uk

Worried about the impact of tourism on the environment? Path erosion is a serious problem in the Lake District where 12 million tourists visit each year.

Inclusive Path is a project which encourages discussion about alternatives to traditional tourism. Is it now becoming imperative to restrict access for visitors to sensitive sites like Scafell Pike? Is our use of the landscape as aesthetic amenity destroying the very thing we value for its beauty? What would have the Romantic poets made of the summit of Scafell Pike on a busy day: “The world is too much with us”?

All organisations are also under pressure to include the disabled and excluded in line with the Disability Discrimination Act and policies on social inclusion. Should the owners of Scafell Pike, the National Trust offer level access to the Pike? Is virtual access the alternative for the 3 million registered disabled, a high proportion of the 20 million people over 65 and growing numbers of obese schoolchildren in the UK …

Three panels showing a walker, a wheelchair user and a child will have holes cut for the faces in the style of old pier sideshows. Photos will be available for download from www.ruralrecreation.org.uk.

“Once these footpaths have been destroyed there is no going back. We have to fix them now.” Kim Wilde

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http://www.ruralrecreation.org.uk