[QUOTE]\nHow do you distinguish between a gate that the farmer's deliberately left\nopen and one that the last walker has forgotten to close or that some louts\nhave opened for the hell of it. I always close gates that I find closed, and\nI tend to close gates that I find open, ....\nIt's probably better to err on the side of caution\nand close a gate that's open.[/QUOTE]\n\nOff topic, this is the wrong action. You should leave gates as you\nfind them.\n\n[URL]http://www.countryside.gov.uk/WhoWeAreAndWhatWeDo/newcode.asp[/URL]\n\nIf there are crops in one field and cattle in another, an open gate\nindicates that the farmer deliberately wants the cattle to eat the\ncrops. This is particularly common for weather-damaged crops. The\ndamage is frequently not visible from the side of the field.\n\nAnd this goes back on topic: Like the countryside code and gates, you\nshould always assume something that is open has been left open\ndeliberately. Assume sensibleness not stupidity.