Highway authorities1 are by law under a duty2to maintain all highways, including footpaths, in such a condition as is reasonable in view of the nature and volume of traffic that may be expected to use the way3. The burden of this duty is therefore relatively light in the case of paths across fields or in open countryside. However, even in respect of paths, it is the duty of the highway authority to prevent or remove obstructions whether natural (eg fallen trees) or artificial, and to preserve the right
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