The Countryside Code

The Countryside Code is a set of guidelines to ensure we can all enjoy the countryside to its full potential.

Respect other people

Please respect the local community and other people using the outdoors. Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
  • Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available

Protect the natural environment

We all have a responsibility to protect the countryside now and for future generations, so make sure you don’t harm animals, birds, plants or trees and try to leave no trace of your visit. When out with your dog make sure it is not a danger or nuisance to farm animals, horses, wildlife or other people.

  • Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under effective control

Enjoy the outdoors

Even when going out locally, it’s best to get the latest information about where and when you can go. For example, your rights to go onto some areas of Open Access land and coastal land may be restricted in particular places at particular times. Find out as much as you can about where you are going, plan ahead and follow advice and local signs.

  • Plan ahead and be prepared
  • Follow advice and local signs

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