Whatever trail you walk along, whether it is a path through a topical jungle, a track over farm land, a route up a difficult slope, or a meandering trail that wanders leisurely around the contours of a hill, they all have one thing in common: if you are walking along it, you are not the first. Others have been there before you. It is they who made it a trail.
What is the best way to find out where good trails are? How do you get to them? How best can you enjoy them once you’re there? Some share their knowledge of trails with friends, through word of mouth. Some use the internet. Some start a website and record the trails they’ve enjoyed in the hope that others will share that enjoyment. Some become involved in clearing trails, or tidying trails, or putting up ropes. Government departments build steps, erect signages, and generally encourage the benefits of exercise.
The purpose of penangtrails.com is to create a common platform for all to use. To create a friendly environment where those who have knowledge of trails can share that knowledge with others; where those who know what to look for on trails, can guide and advise; where those who are enthusiastic about the benefits of walking trails, regularly or otherwise, for health or social exchange or merely to calm the mind, can share that enthusiasm with others.
The objective of penangtrails.com is to gather together, link to, and build on, the excellent repositories of information which already exists on trails; to map, assess, and describe trails in a readily comparable manner; to make easily downloadable information on featured trails available; to research, gather, and display information that relates to trails; and where invited, to freely provide support to the community in promoting the condition and usage and publicizing of trails, and, wherever possible, improving and protecting both trails and the environment they pass through.
Trails are a historical record. They can only exist by repetition. They are also a common asset. The protection of the environment through which they pass, is a common cause. Trails are created by the community, for the good of the community.
Which penangtrails.com applauds, supports, and seeks to encourage.