The last time I followed a map that indicated a public right of way, my wife and I ended up in a field full of tetchy bullocks.
“Look big,” was my sage advice as the bovine heavy mob ran en masse from the far side of the field and encircled us.
Thankfully they escorted us from the field without trampling us to death. But I’ve a sneaking suspicion that was no public right of way.
You can avoid mistakes like that – in Essex at least – thanks to a new interactive public rights of way map developed by Essex County Council.
If there are any walkers out there, please give it a try. Before I reach for my walking boots again, I want to make sure it’s not a load of bullocks.