I have a very pleasant local walk which uses a mixture of public footpaths and unclassified roads. On all the occasions I've walked this loop I've only ever come across one other person on a footpath.
Since I've been walking this route more and more signs have been erected. The latest is where an access track crosses a public footpath through some woods, not only has a pile of branches been put across each side but two new signs have appeared - large, bright red with the words PRIVATE PROPERTY TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED.
So I exit the woods and there's another sign PRIVATE LAND KEEP TO THE FOOTPATH. Then 200 metres further on there's a stile with another sign with identical wording. Besides the stile is a gate with a NO PARKING sign plus a further PRIVATE LAND KEEP TO THE FOOTPATH.
Oh and did I mention the signs with CCTV CAMERAS IN OPERATION.
Is this tone, and number of signs, really necessary? Discuss.