Countryside Code


  1. Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors. Don’t block gateways, driveways or other paths with your vehicle.
  2. When riding a bike, slow down and stop for horses, walkers and farm ani- mals. By law, cyclists must give way to walkers.
  3. Leave gates and property as you find them. When in a group, make sure the last person knows how to leave the gates.
  4. Stick to footpaths unless wider access is available, such as open country or registered common land (known as ‘Open Access” land).
  5. Usegates,stilesorgapsinfieldbound- aries if you can – refrain from climb- ing over walls, hedges and fences as this can damage them. If you have to climb over a gate, ensure you use the hinged side.
  6. Take care not to damage, destroy or remove features such as rocks, plants or trees. They provide homes and food for wildlife.
  7. Dropping litter spoils the beauty of the countryside and can be danger- ous to animals. Take it home with you and pick up any that you may find on your way.
  8. When making a 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. 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. Wild animals, farm animals and hors- es can be unpredictable, especially if they’re with their young. Give them plenty of space when passing.