The ‘Countryside Code’ is a commonsense approach to enjoying and protecting the outdoors. It is important to respect other users of the countryside and the wider community.
- Please respect the working life of the countryside.
- Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.
- In fields where crops are growing, follow the paths wherever possible.
- Use gates and stiles wherever possible – climbing over walls, hedges and fences can damage them.
- Be careful not to disturb ruins and historic sites.
- Leave machinery and livestock alone – don’t interfere with animals even if you think they’re in distress. Try to alert the farmer instead.
- Protect plants and animals and take your litter home. Dropping litter and dumping rubbish are criminal offences.
- Wild animals and farm animals can behave unpredictably if you get too close, especially if they’re with their young – so give them plenty of space.
- Do not start fires.