One of the reasons we came to England was to walk the footpaths. For hundreds of years the country lanes, footpaths and tracks of England have been traversed by many a traveler. They lead through fields and farms, villages and towns, and places of legend and history.
In England and Wales a Public Footpath is a path that the public has a legally protected right to travel on foot. Normally extended only to walking, most footpaths in the countryside are hundreds of years old.
Walking in England requires several things. First are the things you bring with you, good shoes and clothing for multiple seasons in any one day. Also important is a good map, compass, and the ability to use both, and depending on the length of the walk, of course, food and water.
Secondly however, as there are endless fences, walls, and hedgerows, one of the more important things you will require while walking England are stiles. A stile is a structure which allows people passage through or over a fence, wall or hedgerow and prevents farm animals from doing the same thing.
Fortunately, stiles are provided, even though they can be difficult to locate across a large field or pasture.
Stiles come in various configurations – some ably demonstrated by Jeannie: