Posted by andyb on October 24, 2006 at 00:21:34 from 188.8.131.52 user beardbiter.
In Reply to: Re: A report on Goblin Creek, Witch's Quay and Flint Island posted by Jock on October 23, 2006 at 23:30:18:
Very nice map but hard to see the rights of way. As I remember it the footpath may have been vulnerable to being overgrown by high summer but was clearly marked on the map, on the ground and (I think) by a 'public footpath' sign. Immediately before the bridge it was bounded by a fence. On one side was the path, on the other what was clearly (at least to my eyes) salt-marsh that was flooded at high springs. Seemed to me that one was entitled to navigate the creek as far as possible given the state of the tide and ,having done that, procede on foot across the foreshore to the path. I'm not sure of the precise legality of stepping with one foot on public foreshore over a fence so that one's other foot was on a public footpath but I imagine that the owner of the fence would, at worst, have to attempt to demonstrate damage to it. I also imagine that although it seems obvious to me that a clear purpose of the public footpath is/was to give access to the public foreshore it would take a costly court case to establish this.
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