Grrrrr, dog poo and aggressive mountain bikers on the heathland

The heathland surrounding Lightwater is a shared resource for us all to enjoy.

Not all users respect the enjoyment of the rest of us. On a heathland walk yesterday to espy the arrival of wild orchids, I naturally wandered on the heathland track and into the heathland in Folly Bog and Hangmoor Hill in search for the little beauties.

What did I experience, sadly, plently of dog poo, and an onrushing mountain biker. Dog walkers, having picked up their dog poo, dump it in a bag by a gate into the heathland, thinking it’s then somebody else’s responsibility. No it’s not. Why do this dog walkers? Having carried it to the edge of the heathland, all you have to do is carry it home and put it into your grey recycling bin. Job done.

As for mountain bikers, with whom we share the heathland track. For goodness sake, when you’re hurtling down the track, at least give warning via a bell, shout, or whatever. You’re simply selfish, arrogant, and aggressive disregarders of others.

7 thoughts on “Grrrrr, dog poo and aggressive mountain bikers on the heathland

  1. One day I will swing for an off-road Biker …. unacceptable to swear at me and my dog for simply following a footpath …


  2. Interesting point about dog poo Tim – balance with the uproar doing the rounds on some of the local facebook groups about the introduction of poo bag dispensers on some of the local areas (I appreciate there is a difference about poo bag dispensers and actually disposing of the bags!)

    Aggressive dogs on the heathland is something I would add too – especially considering the law to keep them under control during Spring and Summer. Not seen many aggressive dogs on mountain bikes though…… 😉


  3. At least give warning via a bell, shout, or whatever. You’re simply selfish, arrogant, and aggressive disregarders of others.

    Get fucked, How dare you categorise a whole group of people like that on the basis of a minority. I could just as easily say “all walkers are deaf, arrogant idiots who don’t look where they are going” – I have no doubt that if they had called out a warning, you would be complaining about them shouting at you “aggressively”, we literally can’t win. After all, they didn’t actually ride into you, which makes me suspect you’re just being a crotchety old bugger, I ordinarily find that if I treat people with respect, I get it back in spades, so maybe you ought to stay indoors until you understand that sharing requires a little give and take.


  4. Those that don’t give a warning are to whom I was referring. Your intentional misunderstanding and gross incivility proves a generalisation that I’d not intended.


  5. “intentional misunderstanding” isn’t even the beginning of it. Perhaps your own “intentional misunderstanding” was in assuming that the rider had not given you a warning because of his “selfish, arrogant, and aggressive disregard” of others rather, than say, he felt there was plenty of froom to pass you without crashing into you (again, a point somewhat proven by the fact that he didn’t!) Perhaps if you weren’t walking around with your head up your proverbial you might have noticed him approaching? Once again, I say that you get treated the way you treat other people – and isn’t it a coincidence that its so often those with an air of moral superiority who end up getting into these scrapes? Its as if there was some form of correlation.

    Look at the comment from Speedicus Triplicatum above – “One day I will swing for an off-road Biker” Since when is that an acceptable way to talk about people? I can guarantee that if he took a swing at me then I would gladly return the favour with relish.


  6. Oh dear, what a spat. While, ninifan, I can understand your annoyance, your aggresive language didn’t really help your case. And Tim, I have to say that in your original piece, while you were expressing disappointment over the actions of one biker you actually referred to all bikers by using the plural word ‘disregarders’.
    Just goes to show how careful we should all be both in applying stereotypes and in our use of English.
    And, I have to add that the last time I walked a local footpath I stepped to one side as some bikers approached and they responded by calling out “Thank you”


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