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The Countryside Code

• Walking • Apr 01, 2021 •

The Countryside Code is your guide to enjoying our parks and waterways, coast and countryside.
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Respect. Protect. Enjoy.

We love green open fields. We love fantastic forests. We love beautiful lakes and wandering rivers. Basically, it’s safe to say we love the countryside. But there is a fine line between enjoying the countryside safely and upsetting its precious harmony. The Countryside Code helps keep our beautiful natural environment protected while the public enjoy everything we have here.

The Countryside Code is split into three main categories. Respect. Protect. Enjoy.

Respect everyone

Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside. Your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.

  • 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

We all have a responsibility to protect our countryside and open spaces for current and future generations. Care for nature - do not cause damage or disturbance.

  • 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

The outdoors is great for our wellbeing. It is a place for relaxation, peacefulness and activity. Whatever you like to do outdoors, you will enjoy it more if you prepare in advance.

  • 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

“Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory!”

Published: Apr 01, 2021 Edited: Sep 13, 2021

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