+Crid Posted June 26, 2008 Share Posted June 26, 2008 My apologies if this has been asked/mentioned many times before... Today I encountered a footpath that was inaccessible simply because it was so overgrown. I got maybe 100 yards down in before deciding to give up because I clearly wasn't going to get through. It wasn't blocked deliberately (but I have seen that somewhere else), but was simply blocked through inaction. This got me thinking about other similar things I've seen, such as: - Crop fields. Some farmers seem to be very responsible and clearly mark the route they want you to take across their crop field. But I've also seen instances where there is a fingerpost pointing across a field with no path marked at all. - Missing fingerposts. I've seen this quite a bit actually. The post is there with the yellow, blue or red stripe around it, but there is no fingerpost. I'm not sure if it's a case of the council running out of money or fingers (as it were), or if it's the landowner or a vandal removing it. - Impassable stiles. I saw one recently which had a metal plate with details of how to contact the local council about it, so I did. Is replacement or repair paid for by the council (ie. ratepayers) or the landowner? Does the landowner have an obligation to ensure that ROWs on their land are accessible? And if it isn't accessible, what (if anything) is the walker allowed to do about it, both at the time and also afterwards (ie. notifying somebody that it's inaccessible)? Sorry, lots of questions and points there, but I think they're quite relevant to UK geocaching. Quote Link to comment
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