Interesting, I am guessing that the magazine is actually written bya freelance hack (which doesnt excuse the technical errors, but does explain it).
You raise an interesting point re dogs, prams and pushchairs. My understanding is that the position is quite clear dogs and pushchairs - taking them on a path is perfectly legal (this based on 10 years working for the NFU, including delivering training on the whys and wherefors of footpaths). I cant remember why - but the NFU legal eagles were emphatic - dogs and pushchairs cannot be prevented from using a footpath.
Wheelchairs were a little more "grey" - except the DDA overruled any objections in that if you tried not to allow wheelchairs you would fall foul of the DDA.
Caveat to this. Under the DDA etc if it is not reasonable to provide access (cost/logistics etc) then there is no requirment to do so.
Quite agree with your position re dogs not straying off a right of way - of course, that applies to the owner/handler as well...now I have kicked over that can of worms I shall wonder off to bed...
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