The Countryside Code

Respect, Protect & Enjoy!

We are blessed to have access to country parks, beaches, forests, rivers and woodlands with so many public rights of way, open land and signposted routes to follow. By respecting our countryside we can help to preserve and maintain it.

Consider other people

Don’t block gateways, driveways or other entry points with your vehicle

Slow down for horses, walkers and livestock when driving.

Drive slowly on small country roads.

Always clean up your dog’s mess.

Keep out of the way farm animals are being gathered or moved.

Support the rural economy – for example , buy supplies from local shops.

Protect the natural environment

Take care not to damage, destroy or remove features such as rocks, plants and trees. They provide homes for wildlife.

Do not leave litter. It can be dangerous to wildlife & farm animals and also spoil beauty of the countryside.

Fires can be as devastating to wildlife & habitats as they are to people and property. Please be careful with naked flames and cigarettes.

Keep your dog under control

When you take your dog into the great outdoors, always ensure it does not disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses or other other people by keeping it under control –

Keep your dog on a lead when appropriate

Keep him in sight at all times

Ensure he does not stray off the path or area where you have a right of access.

Enjoy the outdoors

Plan ahead and be prepared –

Check the weather forecasts, conditions can change quickly, particularly by the coast and mountains.

Ensure you have told somebody where you are going and when to expect you back. You may not have mobile signal or see anyone for hours if out on a long trek!

Animals can behave unpredictably so please give them space