Eleven weeks since our last Lightfoot event, a map reading course in the Mendip Hills, one week before the country went into lockdown. The freedom to travel across the UK to enjoy access to the outdoors seems a long time ago.
We’ve been waiting, mostly patiently, for restrictions to be eased and a green light to get back out for personal adventure but also, full transparency, to get back to earning a living teaching and leading our fantastic clients. With recent further easing of restrictions seeming to suggest we can start to move on we have decided not to.
From Monday 1st May groups of six from different households can meet outside. With correct measures in place we could start to run local courses again in the beautiful areas we have near Bristol but we won’t and this is why.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland remain under firmer restrictions with a small easing of local travel and we agree with this more cautious and measured approach. Predictably the “free for all” travel within England has created huge pressure on the limited resources of space, nature and the peace to enjoy them. Rural communities are suffering as much as the fragile habitats of beaches, beauty spots and national parks. Locally to Bristol, and Bath, the urban populations of well over half a million are now enjoying the surrounding countryside, nature reserves and beaches.
When the rest of the UK is open, and possibly travel to Europe or beyond, this pressure will be significantly eased. It will also be a strong indicator that the corona virus is sufficiently under control within the country, the United Kingdom.