The landowners told us
62 out of the 71 land owners had a public right of way that crossed their land.
15 felt that their right of way made a positive contribution to both tourism in the area and provided social interaction for them. 11 felt it was educational, 7 felt it was beneficial as users reported problems they may have seen to them that they were not necessarily aware of and 2 said it allowed people to get some fresh air.
The top five problems that caused landowners difficulties were people not closing gates after them, trespassing, dogs being off leads, people getting lost and people littering.
11 had local circular routes that crossed their land and 10 had long distance ones.
33 out of the 57 who answered the question said they were aware of their legal duties in relation to the rights of way on their land. However five weren't and 19 were not sure.
Landowners were more satisfied than dissatisfied with the provision and quality of the furniture provided, the helpfulness of staff from the service but were not content with way marking and signage, work carried out to the network surface and the definitive map.
Landowners rated their top five priorities as way marking, general maintenance of the network, educating the public about the countryside and the access, resolving anomalies and sustaining the provision of promoted local and long distance trails/routes. There did appear to be a specific problem with some users leaving gates open.