When I think of public paths I think of sidewalks and walking paths thru parks and such. In Durham they go one step further (pun intended). If you are walking along the road beside fields or paddocks you will see an unobtrusive green sign that says "Public Footpath". These paths lead thru the fields that contain the sheep and cows of the farms. You see ... it is the responsibility of the farm owners to ensure that there is a path thru their fields including the means to hop over the fence. So today I went for a walk around Florrie and Alan's neighborhood and made sure that I use the public footpath. To be honest the first few steps past the cows and sheep were a little bit nervous but they paid no attention to me and I enjoyed my walk.
Asked this guy to step aside .... but he persuaded me to wait :)