I should state initially that I quite like farmers and think that they mainly do a good job managing the countryside. However some are not so good. Today I was trying to use footpaths, ie public rights of way, to get to Port Isaac only to find huge cereal fields crossed by a public right of way which the farmer had totally ignored. I was left with a choice of extending my walk or ploughing through his wheat. I am a country boy so I walked round. The next field was the same except that the headland was head height in weeds, which incidentally covered a lot of his crop. I had no chance of finding the stile and footbridge. Eventually I fought my way through and decided it was too much of an effort so I walked up the roads. This is obviously what the farmer wants. “Don’t want no people on Moy Land!”
On another farm the path was perfect.
Later, coming along the Coastal Path, one of the most popular walking routes in the country, I and all the other walkers were faced with cows and calves accompanied by two bulls. The farmer may know that old Billy is a real softy but personally I would prefer him not to be standing on my path. Surely we could at least be told “Bull in Field”. Several walkers had dogs and were quite concerned.
Farmers have rights but so do we the public.