I think you might have hit the nail on the head there, Jon. Less clever little metaphors, and one liners. Perhaps it's an attitude thing. The brief/market aim is perhaps a little less 'grown up' than many of us would like.
I used to buy the mag regularly, but now just scan through it, pretty much ignoring the gear tests.
Jon, Hassle the Highway Authority (usually county council) when a bridleway crosses a boundary and becomes a footpath. usually it's been 'downgraded' due to lazyness on behalf of some highways clerk. The Definitive Map or List of Streets is supposed to be maintained by the HA. If you can show that a path should have rights such as a bridleway (from the LoS) then that's what is is despite what to OS map shows. The Los should be available to view at town halls. Sometimes it does take a bit of effort - Telford and Wrekin's definitive map doesn't even show the M54!
Also point out the badly eroded bridleway. The HA has a "statutory duty to maintain the highway". This duty is not optional.
Most rights of way officers are dedicated bikers/riders/4x4 users and take these matters as seriously as they should (often with a personal interst) - after all, they might be able to use the path/byway too.
Another vote for the etrex. But don't get hung up on 10 fig grid references though. That's defining a 1 metre square on the ground, or 0.04 mm on a 1:25000 scale map. Printing, or eyesight isn't that accurate. Even 8 figures is pushing it a bit. maps start to lose accuracy in places at these resolutions.