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standard admission to the grounds for a walker is £3, but runners should expect it for free. Is that correct?https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-coole
You've obviously can't be bothered to look at the issues, conflicting messages. I won't grace you with a reply.
On the contrary, I have read all the issues, and as the recent Thorneythwaite purchase suggests, NT actions are somewhat questionable. Yet the point remains is that day visitors to the site pay a grounds admission, whereas runners do not. Arguably there should be a consistent policy.
Does it mean my NT membership subs go on repairing the damage caused by people using the park for free ? So I'm funding your Saturday morning jog ?
Dave, there is no damage. The initial statement was parkrun = 'Conservational' Damage.'
Then, Parkrun = 'Potential conservational Damage.'
Then leaked NT letter states pleased with the management of Parkrun but disappointed that not enough participants joined the NT so they wanted to leavey a charge.
It's as simple as that.
Bit my point still remains, I pay a subscription every year to the NT, For them to conserve and protect our heritage for the future,
And as you use that land, why shouldn't you also contribute ? or are you happy for me to fund your run every Saturday.
My apologies that I don't know the area.If, as VDOT says, using it as a right of way carries no charge, how can they enforce a charge on day visitors to the grounds? Surely they just say they are using it as a right of way?Fees for some, but not others isn't very joined up.
CmC - won't that depend if the grounds are free or not? If there is no charge to visit NT grounds then they couldn't charge runners.Castle Coole have a fee for grounds only visitors.Also would park runners spend money? Most events are before the NT open up (so arguably a missed opportunity).
I occasionally run at a park run up in Yorkshire which is partly run across a small stately home's grounds. They charge for visitors after 10 am I believe. What they have done is open the cafe though early from around 9:30 for runners where they do a subsidised coffee for £1 from a vacuum pot or you can buy a fresh made latte etc at regular price plus cake or whatever. I think they are happy that the little bit of money they get from the earlier opening of the coffee covers any admission costs. Win win at the moment.
Some NT places are now holding their own Trust 10 , 10k free runs.
It seems to be sacrificing the run to avoid a bigger battle, which makes no sense in the long term.