Today I was faced with the choice of riding along a dual carriageway or through 2 fields of footpath. Only 2 options to get where I needed to go.
I chose to use the footpath and promptly met the lovely couple living next to the field. The chap was very reasonable when I explained why I had made the choice and that I did not think I would do any damage to a wide and pretty dry path across a field with no animals in. The woman screamed at me and told me to piss off to the dual carriageway where she was not entirely concerned for my future safety
In the end the chap said he didn't have a problem despite the woman's kind words still going on in the background. I walked the footpath so as not to take the p1ss too much having talked to them and tried to be reasonable.
So my question is:
What is the worst that would happen if caught cycling on a footpath?
More generally it is rather frustrating that sections of bridleway end abruptly and turn to footpaths and the majority of the local countryside is footpaths regardless of the trail type. Even a lot of the countryside roads are designated footpaths.
Today's events just got me thinking that's all...