I arrived in Exford this evening and decided to take a short walk before supper. You’d have thought the paths in the much-visited heart of the national park would be in good order, but sadly not.
I took the footpath on the east side of the church towards Prescott, turning west to Coombe Farm. To the north of Coombe Farm the map shows a footpath following what looks like an old way (SS 855 393) but on reaching it I found the gate unopenable (until I cut the binder twine fastening it and managed to shift it back so I could squeeze through) and the path itself was heavily overgrown with brambles, nettles, young trees, bracken and rosebay willowherb.
I struggled along the quarter-mile route, which was heavily overgrown as the state of my legs proves.
I shall of course be reporting this deplorable obstruction to the national park authority.