Access Law, Public Paths and Bikes

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Over the Hill
I think walking with a bike on a footpath is perfectly legal.


Bionic Subsonic
Perfectly legal, just as it is to push your bike along a pavement. The only thing that could have made a difference would have been if it was a permissive path (orange dotted line on 1:25k maps) where the landowner has given permission so could theoretically also withdraw it.

Farmer just being stupid imho


reiver said:
However the law seems to apply to riding a bike. Does anyone know if the law applies to someone who is walking and pushing a bike.
As has been said, he was wrong. But he may well have assumed that you had been riding at and would get back on as soon as his back was turned.


Resting in suspended Animation
Farmer Giles was trying it on. You are allowed to do it, a lot of them don't like it and will put up unofficial signs that have no legal status or do tricks like padlocking gates and things illegally to discourage bikes/people. If he was being threatening I suggest getting in touch with the people who are in charge of the definitive map in that area and report him.
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