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Rambling and Litter

March 18, 2012

Does anyone think our countryside is getting filthier?

The amount of litter I have seen around Cumbria over the past few months is appalling. Can’t people pick it up and take it home? And the stuff that comes flying out of cars in front of me on almost every car journey? Unsightly by the roadside and dangerous to other passing motorists.

It would be nice to think that only moronic petrol-heads drop litter. But let’s face it, some ramblers do as well.

When I reach some mountain summit, or distant moorland location, I don’t want to see a load of litter, which can only have been brought in by people who have walked many miles. Even precious archaeology on Dartmoor – Childe’s Tomb for example – is often stuffed with orange peel, drinks bottles, paper wrappings and even used toilet paper.

If those who walk and presumably appreciate wild places cannot take their litter home, what hope is there for those who presumably don’t appreciate nature?

I appreciate that probably only a minority drop litter, but it only needs one or two to make a real mess.

Time, surely, to revive the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, beginning in schools so that the next generation do better. This was once a problem I thought we had cracked. We are drifting back to the bad old days.

Take your litter home. Tell members of your rambling group that litter will not be tolerated. Educate your children. And why not organise a litter pick-up in your area?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2012 12:33 am

    Just about the first time I went up a mountain I found a ‘feminine hygiene’ product right on the summit of the first crinkle of Crinkle Crags – ugh! I also often find dirty nappies disposed of right next to the car of the last baby-changers – left unwrapped and unbinned – equally ugh!

    I think it’s the mentality of people we’re breeding in this country nowadays. I also think that attracting townies en-masse into the countryside without ensuring they know what the rules are and why can cause some of these problems. Having said that, some of the worst litter-bugs I ever knew were farm lads out on a field trip away from their OWN land! 😦

  2. March 19, 2012 12:36 am

    Oh yeah, and on the subject of folks dropping litter out of vehicles… I was once following a van in Snowdonia (complete with the firm’s details on the back) and they threw out something like a milk carton at my car. I reported them to their firm and they were in quite some trouble! Quite right too. How stupid to dis-advertise their own workplace in that way!

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