I was going for a run along a public (at least it looked public!) path alongside an old canal that I had discovered using Google Maps. However, about 3km into the path, just before where I expected it to rejoin the road, I encountered a sign saying "Private Property", and realised I was running into the side / driveway area of somebody's house, and to get back to the road I needed to enter their property and run out their driveway (about 100m long). There was no passable way around the private area.
At this point, to turn back would have added about 6-8km to my run. The owner, who was out the front of his house at the time, said, "You can go through, but it's private property" - so I thanked him and ran through.
I'm wondering though, what the legal situation here is, or what is the etiquette? On the one hand, the entrance to the path (3km from his house) has no indication that it's private or that there is no through way. I've also been told that canals must have public paths alongside them so he should not be blocking the path (though admittedly this canal is very old and unlikely to have actually been used in decades), as well as talk of the rights of ramblers to cross privately owned land. All this is hearsay however.
I've also been wondering about his statement - whether he meant that he was allowing me through this time but to keep away in future because it's private, or that people are allowed to go through but was reminding me to respect the fact that it's private property.
The route appears on the AllTrails app which renewed my interest in it, and also indicates at the very least that I'm not the only one using it!
This is in the Republic of Ireland.