A Natural Respite - 27 East

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Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1735993

A Natural Respite

With colder weather soon suppressing the ticks, the East End’s off-road trail network beckons the area’s now-larger population to enjoy great outdoor activity. These blazed trails are the legacy of land preservation efforts of a generation ago, combined with continuing creation and maintenance by a largely volunteer force.

Despite the periodic presence of antisocial ATV and motorbike trespassers, they remain a civil, natural respite from the increased bustle that surrounds them. Remarkably, most of the miles of pathways are virtually litter-free, in great contrast to the sometimes-nearby streets. Maybe that speaks to a different type of person, or at least a different etiquette, associated with even casual hiking.

The trails are surely something to be thankful for, in this and other seasons.

Tim Ferguson

Water Mill

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