yesterday, 31st March 2010
Today, it's a new month: Hello April! Bring us some sunshine as soon as you can.
I can report on another look at Pendle Hill, which took place yesterday afternoon. I have some news for you, PH is now a greener, cleaner place....
Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk
Late last year I wrote to Pendle and Ribble Councils, with the aim of making Pendle Hill England's first "No Smoking" fell. It looks as though the regulations have been passed and this notice makes the position clear. This is a transcript of my letter...
For some time now I have wondered whether or not Pendle Hill might become England’s first “No Smoking” mountain. I am a frequent climber of our wonderful local landmark and never fail to be dismayed when I see smokers on the fell. The principle of a walk on these slopes is surely to improve one’s health and wellbeing and the act of smoking is entirely contradictory to this principle.
I think a few well placed signs and a publicity campaign should raise awareness and all walkers will benefit from new regulations.
I am writing the same letter to Mr. Butler of Ribble Valley Council, he holds a similar position to you on the other side of the fell. Between you, all the slopes and approaches can be taken care of. You will be ground-breakers in this field and more authorities and landowners may well follow suit.
Please let me know what you think,
I received a favourable reception from both councils, they indicated that for procedural and cost purposes, the new regulations would have to wait until late March and the cost placed into the new fiscal year. Signs are now on all approaches.
I saw several of these signs all the way along the route. Here the steps lead to the summit plateau.
The Downham Route
The route from Downham and a further reminder that smoking is no longer allowed on Pendle Hill. I took a peep over the wall to make sure no one was having a drag on the sly.
I appreciate the two councils' efforts but I don't really want these stickers affecting my photography.
I found a good number of these, but it is not clear if they were deposited before or after the new regulations.
Not sure about the positioning of this sticker, but they are determined to get the message across. There used to be an ashtray on the top of the column, but that's long gone.
Gotcha!! I saw this man sneaking a crafty fag behind the trig, but he is running the risk of the authority's wrath. I told him about the new laws and asked him to extinguish his cigarette; I am not too happy with his reply.
So, Pendle Hill is now England's 1st No Smoking Mountain. Well Done to Mr. Lambert & Mr. Butler from the two councils. I shall be campaigning to have all the Lakeland Fells similarly protected.
Walkers: Just Me
Time taken: 1hr 11 minutes over a distance of approx. 3 miles.
Route: Roadside parking and the shortest route to the top, up right, along the top, down left.
Weather and conditions: A bit chilly, previous night's snow had quickly melted.
Greetings Count: Very Low - just the smoker on the summit, but there was a small group of protesters from a pro-smoking group picketing the lane from the road.
Richard's Refreshment Review: Nothing to report today.
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2010 ©