One of my permissions consists of a block of woodland, connected by a small area of 'common' land through which a public road runs, to a block of pasture land. A third small area of woodland can be reached via the common land but without crossing a public road.
The landowner has made it clear that he has no shooting rights over the common land, however he believes it is OK to walk from one end of the farm to the other, crossing over the common land and crossing the public road, while carrying a rifle.
What is the position re. the 'common land' if I walk over it, is this than 'armed trespass' or not?
I am aware that one can only cross a public road if the rifle is unloaded and in the slip; and, btw, the common land is not grazed by anybody at all, it is a wilderness.