Possible plans by Cumbria County Council to reduce its spending on countryside access to save cash have been attacked by the Wainwright Society, which is concerned those coming in hiking boots may find path quality falling.
Head of the body - as well as Cumbria Tourism - Eric Robson said: "Many of these threatened changes are the worst sort of false economy," Grough reports.
He argued the effects on the county's rights of way system and the deterioration of national trails in the county such as the Pennine Way and Hadrian's Wall Path because of central government grant cuts could end up damaging a tourism sector worth £2 billion a year.
The Wainwright Society has been involved in supporting efforts to maintain footpaths in the Lake District.
Sales of its 2010 calendar were used to help support the Fix the Fells project, which aims to maintain and repair popular upland paths in the national park.