ASBOs for walkers?

There are, extraordinary as it might seem, some footpath users in our village who are determined not to use a designated and available footpath but who insist on walking on the adjacent cultivated field and damaging its crop. This is happening in Beachamwell on Footpath 14 (which runs from behind the Great Danes to Stambles Plantation). Signs asking walkers to keep to the footpath have been removed or defaced, as this picture shows.

Defaced notice on FP14.

Defaced notice on FP14. The footpath along the edge of this field is perfectly walkable.

It is difficult to understand this bizarre and quite unnecessary behaviour. Good relations between walkers and landowners are a key part of the legitimate enjoyment of the countryside. It is disturbing to see this relationship being threatened by anti-social behaviour.

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