I'm sure this has been done many times, but a quick search hasn't helped.
Beautiful morning today so I went for a quick pootle with my 11yo lad around our village.
I wanted to follow a new loop which needed us to use a few hundred yards of public footpath (according to my OS map) through a field to access some nearby woods. It goes nowhere really but a few local dog walkers use it and it does look reasonably well maintained.
The minute we arrived within a few feet of the gate an old duffer appeared from the farm opposite shouting the odds about cycling not being allowed. I took issue with him, not because I was sure he was wrong, but more because his attitude totally pissed me off. He really wound me up when he told me he gets paid to keep cyclists off the path (by who?).
Anyway after a brief exchange of views we turned back - I didn't want to upset my son or give the old guy a heart attack so avoiding a full blown confrontation seemed the best option. Hopefully he'll sleep soundly in the knowledge that he protected a small section of the Hertfordshire countryside from a
marauding mass of anarchic cyclists father & young son enjoying a Sunday morning pootle - well done sir!
Anyway, just curious to know - was he correct & were we breaking some obscure law by cycling on a public footpath? And who the hell pays these people to keep cyclists out of the countryside?