Country Code

The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside. Most of it is just good common sense, designed to help us all to respect, protect and enjoy our countryside. Always follow the country code when enjoying  the countryside:

  • Respect the people who live and work in the countryside
  • Know where you are allowed to go
  • Keep to public paths across farmland
  • Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • Do not interfere with machinery, livestock and crops
  • Keep dogs under control
  • Protect wildlife, plants and trees
  • Take your litter home
  • Guard against all risk of fire
  • Make no unnecessary noise
  • Respect other recreational users
  • Take special care on country roads
  • Plan ahead and be prepared for inclement weather