North Downs Way signpost

The Countryside Code

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

Respect Everyone

  • be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside.
  • leave gates and property as you find them.
  • do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking.
  • be nice, say hello, share the space.
  • follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available.

Protect The Environment

  •  take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit.
  •  take care with BBQs and do not light fires.
  • always keep dogs under control and in sight.
  • dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do.
  • care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance.

Enjoy The Outdoors

It’s worth knowing that your rights to go onto some areas of Open Access land and coastal land may be restricted in some areas. Always follow local signage on route.

  • check your route and local conditions.
  • plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do.
  • enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory.

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