Countryside Code

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The Countryside Code is a standard set of guidelines for members of the public, to ensure respect and enjoyment in the countryside. It covers the responsibilities for visitors to the countryside and those who manage the land. We’ve put together 10 key points relevent to exploring secret beaches around Cornwall. Visit the GOV.UK site for further reading.

1. Community

Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors. Don’t block gateways, driveways or other paths with your vehicle.

2. Cycling

When riding a bike, slow down and stop for horses, walkers and farm animals. By law, cyclists must give way to walkers.

3. Gates

Leave gates and property as you find them. When in a group, make sure the last person knows how to leave the gates.

4. Paths

Stick to footpaths unless wider access is available, such as open country or registered common land (known as ‘Open Access” land).

5. Hedges

Use gates, stiles or gaps in field boundaries if you can. Refrain from climbing over walls, hedges and fences as this can damage them. If you have to climb over a gate, make sure you use the hinged side.

6. Wildlife

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

7. Litter

Dropping litter spoils the beauty of the countryside and can be dangerous to animals. Take it home with you and pick up any that you may nd on your way.

8. Fire

When making fire, ensure you do so in a designated area or below the high-tide line. Be careful with naked flames and cigarettes at any time of the year.

9. Dogs

Keep your dog under effective control when outdoors, use a lead if around livestock. Always clean up after your dog and dispose of mess responsibly.

10. Livestock

Wild animals, farm animals and horses can be unpredictable, especially if they’re with their young. Give them plenty of space when passing.