Paths a plus for the less nimble

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 May, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 May, 2001, 12:00am

Permit me please this small protest at the one-sided nature of what seems to be a campaign against the opening-up of wider access to our country parks by means of concreting of some footpaths. Recent feature articles, leaders and numerous readers' letters have presented a totally unfair picture lacking in balance.

I am currently one of a large group of men rapidly approaching middle age. We can no longer compete as we would wish in our chosen sport, due to our physical condition. Most of us can no longer take part in the regular training required to play at a reasonable level.

Our collective decision is to take part in regular country walks, at least once every two weeks. The government planners, engineers and craftsmen are all to be congratulated for providing access to even the most remote and physically challenging areas of the country parks. Without the paths, my own group's horizons would be quite limited. Our one small complaint is the lack of 'way stations', where we could enjoy a beer or two while fully appreciating our unique wilderness heritage.


Tai Hang Road