I continue to be impressed by the revamped TGO. The layout, artwork and photography is to a high standard and it is I think leaving Trail far behind.
Apart from the gear reports, walking routes and Chris Townsend’s section, one thing that caught my eye was a letter from a Jacquetta Megarry regarding the Trailblaze system and how the signs seem to urbanize the rural landscape. I tend to agree with Jacquetta on this one. I came across several of these on my recent 4 day section of the Pennine Way and wondered what they were. A photo of one of these signs I found on the Pennine Way near to Garsgrave is below.
It seems that the signs are to be on a pilot basis. Endurance Runners pay to register and receive timing tags and compete for prizes along the National Trails. 20% of the income goes to the Trails themselves. They are white metal boxes with a red flame style logo on them and advertise a website where results are posted.
I wonder, if you have seen these signs on your walks and if so, what do you think? Is just harmless? And a good way to help fund the National Trails? Or is it the start of commercial advertising out on our National Trails.
You can find out about the Trail Blaze protest site here: Trail Blaze – say No
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