Back in May i visited the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail which is situated on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. All in all it was a pleasant experience but then i got to thinking – who first decided that they would claim these natural waterfalls as their own and start charging money (£8) to see them?
I suppose when you look at the facilities that are set up there then yes that should be paid for; the car park, the staff, the toilets, the ticket office etc but that’s kind of my point – who first said “yes i shall claim this area of nature for myself, set up some services and then charge people to see them”?
The route itself is even structured to be one way round and god help anyone that goes backwards to have another look! There are some parts of the trail that have been fenced and for good reason given some of the visitors looked decidedly unsteady on two feet and would have plunged head first into the icy drink without the fence.
I guess my point is that there has to be a point where we stop trying to squeeze money out of every single piece of life. We don’t seem to be able to move or operate these days without someone trying to sell us something (I guess that’s the downside to living in a wealthy capitalist country).
Leave the naturally formed wonders alone, don’t fence them off in order to make money and let people discover things and enjoy things without feeling like they’ve lined someones pocket to do so.
Nature is nature – leave it alone.
Obviously i haven’t researched ownership etc and don’t intend to do so but if you want to see it for yourself you can – https://www.ingletonwaterfallstrail.co.uk