Gad, I know exactly what you mean about people waiting really early, makes you feel sort of guilty.
As a regular dog-walker, I never mind stopping and grabbing my dog’s collar really early to let a rider / jogger pass, esp’ if they show any appreciation at all.
Yeah the 17mi from Bath is just dreamy innit!
Just before I left the banks of the Avon there, I passed a couple shagging right there on some steps by the path. Did my head in!