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.