PERHAPS Nick Fieldhouse does not spend much time riding his Kankku Land Rovers on the more vulnerable green lanes in the Lake District National Park. I am attaching a couple of pictures for your readers [see].

No one could suppose that a track that in my lifetime looked like the first picture could have been turned by "an old Land Rover gently rattling its way along” into what it now looks like in the next pictures.

This track has become almost impassable even for high-powered and far from "gently rattling" vehicles. These constantly take new, easier routes to the sides of the tracks, eroding soil, destroying drainage, killing plants and their ecosystems and creating very hazardous terrain.

The ICOMOS report was not the result of random preferences but of a considered review of what a World Heritage Site should do to retain its status.

Joanna Eley