It's crap, isn't it?
Found a lovely loop through the Forest of Bowland area, part of which does have access rights (north end of Salter Fell road) and part of which runs along on a well made gravel road which makes a lovely loop round the south of Ward's Stone and then out to Littledale (and hence back to Salter to complete the loop). It's hardly gnar central, in fact it's technically easy under-wheel but has great views and some stiff climbs. (It's also the only area of off-roading within riding distance of home. Thank spaghetti monster, I'm moving somewhere with better riding soon.)
So recently one morning we went and did it, knowing that we didn't have access rights, but assuming that no-one could possibly care about a couple of cyclists pottering along a gravel road. Of course, some gamekeepery type in a land rover did stop us and say that we shouldn't be there. He was nice enough about it, and it was right near the end of the ride (so there was no alternative to us just carrying on) but honestly, the whole situation is just a load of toss. We weren't doing any harm, there wasn't any conceivable way that we could cause harm (in any way that a pedestrian wouldn't), it's just a **** grouse moor and it's not shooting season.
I know that in practical terms, the landowners have no real recourse anyway. But why should they even have the right to say "you shouldn't be here"? I'm not really trying to rant, more just sad about this pathetic state of affairs. If anyone ever wanted to do a mass trespass a la Kinder Scout, I'd be all for it. Or I suppose we can just continue to tug our forelocks, pretend not to know the rules, and hope to get away with it (as we did today).