Tracks of the Ironmasters Day 8: let there be dark

It’s the last day on the tracks (or down the line as local Frizington people say) and we’ve been reviewing participants comments on how the visitors experience could be improved.

The comments are many and varied. Suggestions such as installing Cats Eyes down the middle, offering free public wifi the length of the tracks and setting up a franchise to run track side cafes particularly catch our eyes.

They are all very well and in some cases very entertaining (strapping bags over horses bottoms to collect their poo) but these improvements have one thing in common: they’re all about how to make the tracks more like a town high street experience which prioritises customer needs, rather than a rural experience where the ecological needs come first.

The trouble with asking people about how they might improve something is that we tend to ask for more of what we already know – cats eyes down the middle of the road- rather than accept that darkness is something to welcome and face up to, rather than abhor and be scared of.

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