One of the delights of supervising Duke of Edinburgh groups on expedition is the unfamiliar views of familiar hills. Cringle Moor still has a covering of overnight mist which blanketed the area this morning. Ten minutes later there was blue skies all around.
But the rapeseed hides the Public Footpath that the group was intending to use. Crops are not supposed to be grown on a public right of way. If a Public Footpath is ploughed, the farmer is supposed to restore it to a minimum width of 1 metre within 14 days of ploughing. This presents a particular difficulty for young Duke of Edinburgh participants who are generally unconfident of their navigational skills and rights. Confusion inevitably follows.