The National Trust has been criticised by the family of an 82-year-old woman who fell to her death in a gorge from a woodland footpath in front of her horrified sister and daughter-in-law.
The family, of course, feel that there wasn’t enough signs.
To their credit, the National Trust are standing firm:
He said he still felt that warning signs were unnecessary at the point where she fell, adding that if signs were put up there many other similar places would require them, which would be ‘detrimental’ to the landscape. ‘Too many signs spoil the countryside,’ he said.
Commenter Paul from Radstock seems to have the right of it:
“It is the proliferation of safety barriers and signs that cause this problem not the lack of them. People now rely on someone else to think for them, when there isn’t a sign they assume it is safe. People should take responsibility for their own safety. Remove all the warning signs and over cautious safety barriers they litter the countryside. It is certainly a tragedy but accidents do happen.”
I can’t help but agree, sorry as I feel for the family.