Monday, July 16
The good people of the Lake District are currently getting very worked up over a wheelchair path being built up the side of Latrigg. If you don't know, Latrigg is one of the mountains near Keswick and overlooking Derwentwater, the views so I'm told are spectacular. The principle of a wheelchair path is a good one, but I'm unsure on the practicalities to be honest. If its being put there so disabled people and in particular wheelchair users can go up it then I'm not convinced its going to be any easier than it already is. We are still talking pretty stiff gradients, and while I'm considered by most to be fairly fit, I'm pretty sure I couldn't get myself up without assistance, and probably quite a lot at that. This means that some poor sod, most likely the long suffering husband would have to push me all the way up. And what about coming down, have Health and Safety even thought about this? Let me tell you that going just moderately downhill in rain or drizzle, or any kind of wet conditions is miserable and certainly makes me feel unsafe, so I'm sure Id have a great time trusting someone not to let go of me all the way down the side of a mountain. ' hang on a sec' as my assistant lets out a giant sneeze..... Whoops......AARRGGHHHH.....! and I fly down the side of a mountain never to be heard of again. So call me an old cynic but it sounds like someone thought this was a great idea without really thinking about how it would really work. "I know, lets stick in a wheelchair accessible path somewhere, that will make the Lake District nice and inclusive" said someone at Cumbria County Council when writing their Disability Equality Scheme. I think you can guess by my reaction that I wont be rushing to try it out. I prefer flat. Follow the link to read the wonderfully outrageous and Id even say slightly bigoted views of some of Cumbrias finest as quoted in the Cumberland News.
Now if you were to suggest a funiculaire..... now there's an idea!