Health & Safety
RISKS & HOW TO REDUCE THEM
so that we all have a great time
Health and safety is not just common sense, please read on...
Most of the countryside is a working environment with livestock and complex farm equipment. All risks are substantially increased by changing adverse weather conditions, trespassing, and being in unfamiliar surroundings. Keeping to authorised footpaths reduces the likelihood of trespass, intruding upon the workplace, and accident risks. See Ordnance Survey Landranger map 102 / 103 or OS Explorer map OL41 There is an extract of OS 103 on the maps page of this website.
Two's company, three's even better: staying with a group allows people to help each other in an emergency.
Carry a fully charged mobile phone: although mobile phone signals are either unreliable or non-existent around Whitewell, in an emergency a 999 call might be possible. There are wifi signals at The Inn that app' users might also be able to use for calls, the pass is whitewell.
Livestock: risk of injury from stampede and crush. Livestock will charge at people, particularly when their offspring are in the vicinity, cows with calves are a high risk although less likely in June. Walkers can inadvertently come between livestock and their offspring grazing many yards apart, the danger still exists. If in doubt - stay out.
Farm electric fences, chemicals & equipment: staying on public footpaths should reduce the likelihood of contact with electric fences, farm chemicals, vehicles, equipment and machinery.
Countryside footpaths and open access ground: uneven surfaces cause sink, slip, trip and fall hazards. Walking across fells, rocks, and open moorland should only be attempted by experienced walkers with the correct clothing and equipment. There are dangerous 'man-eating bogs on the fells.
Walls & fences: attempting to clamber or vault over dry stone walls and fences might not just be a trespass but cause damage and risks personal injury. Causing a dry stone wall to partially collapse onto oneself is highly dangerous and criminal damage. Most wooden fences and some walls are topped with barbed wire that can snag clothing and injure limbs.
Footpath styles & cattle grids: uneven, muddy, and wet surfaces causing slip, trip and fall hazards. Direct crossing of cattle grids should be avoided by using the side gate or style whenever possible. Styles in wet weather increase risk of slip.
Hodder river and banks: risk of fall, injury, serious head injuries and drowning. The riverbank is high and steep in places, especially to the rear and both east/west gables of the Inn at Whitewell. It is essential that all persons keep well clear of the river banks.
Stepping stones over Hodder: risk of fall, injury, head injuries and drowning. The stepping stones must not be traversed if covered in water, wearing the correct footwear and a hard-hat are essential.
Highways with no pavements: there are no pedestrian pavements on any of the roads in the Whitewell area. Risk can be reduced by being aware of traffic, walking in single file, wearing a high-visibility jacket or clothing item, and using the verge whenever possible. There have been serious incidents on Hall Hill Road and should be avoided on foot.
Car Drivers: the approach roads to the inn will probably be required for extra parking on one side, with passing places marked with traffic cones and tape. Please do not park in the passing places. Single-track roads in the area should be avoided. On the wider roads with a centreline it is not unusual to come face-to-face with speeding large trucks and farm vehicles straddling the centreline. This high risk of collision can only be reduced by keeping speed well below 30mph and being ready to do an emergency stop in the verge. Being forced into a hedge, fence, or worse is not uncommon.
Changing weather & temperatures: plan walks well ahead and be prepared, even in summer weather can quickly change for the worse and require different clothing. Wind-chill factors increase with elevation. Suitable clothing includes; waterproof head gear and coat, thick woolly hat and pullover, gloves, scarf, walking boots, weatherproof map, bottled water.
Noise & machines: farm machinery, vehicles, and tractors can suddenly change direction and must be kept well clear of. Their operators are unlikely to be aware of pedestrians and car drivers that are not in their line of view and will not hear voiced warnings or even car horns.
The Inn at Whitewell has a defibrillator located on the wall in the short staff passage between the main bar and kitchen servery area, very near to the glass washers.
Children must be supervised at all times.
Adhere to the UK gov's countryside code - and enjoy the countryside