Many farmers and landowners already have public rights of way on their land, do a great job of maintaining them and have good relations with the public that use them.
And we know that many farmers who maintain good public access on their land see benefits too. Increased access can lead to improved community relations and increased business diversification opportunities, such as campsites and farm shops and also fosters a greater understanding of the countryside for visitors. Well-maintained paths also stop people getting lost and inadvertently damaging crops or disturbing livestock.
We don’t want to reinstate paths that are of no practical use and lead nowhere, but we want to work together with farmers and landowners to make sure we don’t lose a precious part of our heritage and rights of way that help to build a better path network.