WHAT a charming picture (Gazette, May 30, 'Royal approval for Jonny’s woodcraft'). Two small children enjoying the featured woodland walkway just as small children often do – sitting on the low bridge dangling bare feet in the stream beneath.

Generations of children have done the same here, in the precious South Lakes landscape, on the old wooden bridge over Tarn Beck, between Coniston Water and Beacon Tarn.

But it’s no longer possible for our children! The powers who decide these things have replaced it, this spring, by a monster with massive sides – a real visual intrusion on our open fell.

Why don’t they fit rural architecture to its setting and established use?

Vera Grant

Water Yeat