Looking around at the start of recent walks it has become noticeable that many members are not bothering to clean their boots and arrive at the walk with them caked in mud from previous walks.

Apart from falling far short of the usual high standards of sartorial elegance which we expect in South Cots have you stopped to consider other implications? You could be responsible for transferring disease from one place to another, ash die back being currently the most prominent.

Our routes frequently take us through muddy farmyards and fields criss-crossed by all sorts of wildlife. It just needs DEFRA to identify that we have been responsible for the spread of bovine TB and they could order a cull of Ramblers!

Richard Davis