Many Walking Areas Still Closed

For many the Foot and Mouth crisis that brought outdoor recreation to its knees earlier in the year may thankfully seem like a distant nightmare. Some of you however must live in or regularly visit those areas which are still seeing continued outbreaks, where the talk is of no access until sometime in 2002!Yes its true, the Brecon Beacons, parts of Cumbria and North Yorkshire are still seeing continued and systematic FMD cases. Walking areas that had re-opened once have now re-closed. Recent re-closures include footpaths up Whernside and access to Penyghent from Horton in Ribblesdale. Information on footpath closures in North Yorkshire can be found on www.northyorks.gov.uk.For information on the Brecon Beacons try www.breconbeacons.org and for Cumbria www.lake-district.gov.uk. The BMC is still working to encourage responsible access openings in these areas.