Picture the scene. You’ve just moved into your idyllic country cottage and are taking in the superb views across the valley when you notice a family of four walking across your front garden. Clearly surprised by their presence the owners ask what they are doing in their garden.

The ramblers explain they are just following the public footpath which happens to run right across the new owners garden. The owners were never advised of the existence of the footpath by the solicitors who acted for them in the purchase of the property.

The solicitors had