The network of footpaths have increasingly become more of a leisure activity without consideration of the impact this is having on those who live in the community. The footpath law should be changed to take into account homeowners that are now affected. Footpath users show little respect for private homes and intrude into the life of those who live in these homes. Where there are existing footpaths closeby that do not pass through homes but take users to the same destination these alternative footpath routes should be used and the ones causing intrusion closed. The 'rights' seem to be with the footpath user, not with the owner of the property. Walkers have been found wandering around our house, our garden, staring into our lounge and dogs are left to roam unleashed. Children cannot be left alone in the garden where strangers can be found wandering at any time. All this in spite of the footpath being well marked.
The footpath law in the UK should be reviewed to protect the rights of privacy and security of homeowners where a footpath goes through their home/garden/drive.