Peter Hill’s excellent book “I may be gone for some time” is a true masterpiece. The author pays tribute to just one section “Stage 159, 26th August: Bettyhill to Reay”. It is quoted here with Peter’s permission:
“From Strathy I was often passed by trucks delivering concrete to a new wind farm under construction nearby. I couldn’t help but think just how much fossil fuel was getting burnt in the making of the concrete, the delivery of it by truck and in the fuel tanks of the cars of the construction workers. It all seemed a bit barmy to me that, as a nation, we seemed to spend a fortune blighting our landscape with ugly and highly inefficient wind farms which were unlikely to last and would probably cost a fortune to maintain.”
And then, the piece de resistance… Dounreay, who refused point blank to support a sustainable tourism project, but will support the development of a rocket on peat bog.
“The environmental lobby seemed to have instilled a knee jerk political attitude to renewable energy and I suspected it would prove to be a complete waste of time and money (sic: something the Scots know something about) when we looked back in twenty years’ time. My mind really did wander when I got bored with road walking.” The writer would not have had to walk on the road if they would have given just £5,000 to the development of a route round it. Hey ho.
You can win Peter’s excellent book when you take the challenge of the Long Distance Walkers Association – http://www.northhighlandway.co.uk