A couple of months ago I reported that Footpath 10 over Toot Hill, often a problem for walkers in recent years, had been re-instated in grand style. However once again using Footpath 10 is problematic. The northern section beyond the belt of trees towards the Lodge has been cultivated and ridged. The line of the path is visible, but not easily walkable and of course the farmer should have made good the surface of the path.
A more sympathetic issue affects the southern section – nesting birds. It’s a moot point whether a landowner can close a path in these circumstances but I’m sure we wouldn’t want to endanger the eggs or young of wild birds, and it may very well be illegal to do so.