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There’s a footpath running across my land. I was wondering, if someone suffered an injury while walking on this public footpath, who would be responsible?

You could be held responsible if you had done something which presented a foreseeable danger to people using the path. You might also be liable if you had not done something, for example if you were told that a stile on the path was in a dangerous condition and you ignored it. Anyone injured using it could potentially bring a claim against you for compensation. If there are stiles and gates you should check periodically that they are in good order, and keep a record of your checks. However if someone were to trip over a rock it’s unlikely you could be blamed: a court would not expect a landowner to maintain a country path like an urban pavement.

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