In my view

WE’Ve not exactly been blessed with the best of weather in recent weeks, but we actually managed two days on the trot with some sunshine last week.

It was great to see so many people taking advantage of the good weather, taking strolls round their favourite local beauty spots. I headed through the Blue Door at Edzell and round Forfar Loch a couple of times last week - everyone was smiling, enjoying the fresh air and the ability to take in the local scenery and wildlife. There were people on their own enjoying the solitude, young families, those with their dogs and many out on their bikes.

We are spoiled for choice in this country for walking destinations - the beautiful Angus glens on our doorstep and the more challenging Munros that draw thousands of visitors every year.

We have path networks locally which are well mapped out and which are also popular, and this month the Angus Glens Walking Festival will no doubt attract keen walkers from near and far.

That’s why the locked gates at the top of Northampton Road are such a disappointment to so many.

I’ve walked in many parts of Scotland and only last year enjoyed a spectacular break in the Lake District walking near Keswick. Not once did I stumble upon a locked gate. Hopefully a solution can be found soon to please all parties involved.