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Footpath fears 'unlikely to be fulfilled'

Posted 13 July 2010
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Fears that large areas of mountain footpaths could be concreted over are "unlikely" to be founded, it has been stated.

Writing for the Carlisle News and Star, columnist Reiver noted claims by Janet-Street Porter in the Daily Mail that those donning walking boots could be facing concrete throughout the countryside, following a decision to use the material on a path up Snowdon.

However, Reiver contended, "in the Lake District at least, planning laws are so conservative that concrete paths up the mountains seem as remote a prospect as a year without rain."

Ms Street-Porter joined the debate after the Snowdonia National Park Authority decided to tarmac three sections of the Miners' Track between Pen Y Pass and Llyn Lydaw.

The body stated that tarmac mixed with crushed gravel was used on "three small sloping sections" of the path.

In her column, keen walker Ms Street Porter said such measures may encourage even more people to venture onto the mountains ill-equipped than is already the case, lamenting that such people frequently need to be rescued.

Posted by Dan Mirza