TGO and Trail Blaze

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.

Trail blaze sign

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

Returning to TGO, you can currently get 5 issues for a tenner when you subscribe.  See  Quote promo code SDP5

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8 Responses to TGO and Trail Blaze

  1. Chris Grogan says:

    Thanks for alerting me to the Trail Blaize signs – horrible, horrible, horrible. Another example of pandering to the competitiveness that seems to be on the increase.

  2. Hi Mark, amongst the many things I’m involved in, I am a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild (OWPG). On their forum there has been a long running debate about Trail Blaze, and you are right to be concerned. Good to see you using your blog to alert others about this creeping menace.
    Best wishes,

  3. GOAT 山羊 says:

    Maybe it’s none of my business, as I’m Australian and haven’t hiked in that part of the world yet (though I plan to next year), but that kind of corporate advertising-speak on an outdoor trail fills me with apprehension. I think a subtle trail marker, or a simple and occasional blaze, should be the limit.

    And that logo belongs on a heavy-metal guitar…

  4. surfnslide says:

    Hi Mark – I agree that these things are hardly subtle and certainly not unobtrusive. For those people who do need that competitive element there are several applications for mobile phones that do the same thing in terms of measuring performance so no need to shove bright red plastic boxes onto posts. (I use the apps to create a GPS track that I can use on my blog maps of my walks)

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