John is concerned that some people have been getting very slack about walking with poles and that an accident will happen. He says:
When walking with walking poles/sticks, always have them pointing down to the ground with the pointy bits facing down and NOT facing back so that the points are ready to wipe out someone’s eyes.
Also when climbing stiles, place your poles/sticks over first, pointy bits facing forwards.
And last but not least, NEVER wave poles/sticks above your head like a windmill, as seen recently on a walk.