I am delighted to see that attention has been drawn through the pages of “The Courier” (12th April) to the plight of Norland Moor. Over the past twelve months or so the paths have turned into pools, and walks on the moor are no longer pleasurable.
I have wondered to myself if this deep wetness is connected to the considerable number of trees removed on the moor – which do, of course, utilise and drink up water through their roots. Also, one of the chief causes (in my opinion) of path destruction has not yet been mentioned: bicycles. Without rain, the paths seemed to be stabilising somewhat and becoming more useable – but then along came the bicycles churning up the soil once again and turning it into thick, deep, wet mud. A moderate number of these may be containable, but organised cycling events seem to be routed onto the moor, with no thought of the subsequent path destruction or the unpleasantness and sheer mess left behind for walkers to negotiate. The council has carried out some ditching around the moor, but this seems only to have caused subsidence at the edge of the main road and little water drainage, which has no means of running or seeping away through stone and clay. I, too, have been walking on Norland Moor for many, many years, and I have never seen it in its current sorry condition.