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Countryside Code

Whether you want to take a gentle stroll, a long-distance walk or an aerobic workout, the countryside provides every opportunity for your enjoyment and relaxation.


Be safe – plan ahead and follow any signs

Even when walking locally, it’s best to get the latest information about where you can go.  Your rights to access some areas of open land may be restricted whilst work is carried out, for safety reasons or during breeding seasons.  Follow advice and local signs, and be prepared for the unexpected.

Leave gates and property as you find them

Please respect the working life of the countryside, as our actions can affect people’s livelihood, our heritage, and the safety and welfare of animals and ourselves.


Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home

We have a responsibility to protect our countryside now and for future generations, so make sure you don’t harm animals, birds, plants or trees.


Keep dogs under close control

The countryside is a great place to exercise dogs, but you must make sure that your dog is not a danger or nuisance to farm animals, wildlife and other people.


Consider other people

Showing consideration and respect for other people makes the countryside a pleasant environment for everyone – at home, at work and at leisure.


Visit www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk for further information.