Natural England - Top tips from the Countryside Code

Top tips from the Countryside Code

29 September 2010

A series of tips to help you enjoy the countryside using the Countryside Code for guidance.
This week: respect, protect and enjoy the countryside.


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    Respect, protect and enjoy the countryside

    (29 September 2010)  By following the advice in the Countryside Code, you’ll get the best possible enjoyment and help to protect the countryside now and for future generations.

  • Get to know the signs and symbols used in the countryside

    (22 September 2010)  Visit our finding your way pages on the website for information to help you follow paths and know where you can go.

  • Respect the needs of local people

    (15 September 2010)  For example don't block gateways, driveways or other entry points with your vehicle. Find out, more see consider other people.

  • Visitors are allowed to access land in different ways.

    (8 September 2010) 

    For more guidance on how this affects you and what your rights, responsibilities and liabilities are, contact your local authority and view Know your rights.

  • Leave gates as you find them

    (1 September 2010) 

    Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs. If walking in a group, make sure the last person knows how to leave the gates.
    Find out more, see Leave gates and property as you find them.

  • Give wild and farm animals space

    (25 August 2010) 

    Wild animals and farm animals can behave unpredictably if you get too close, especially if they’re with their young – so give them plenty of space.
    Find out more, see Protect plants and animals and take your litter home.

  • Crossing fields

    (18 August 2010) 

    In fields where crops are growing, follow the paths wherever possible.
    Find out more, see Leave gates and property as you find them.

  • Dog walking

    (11 August 2010) 

    Keep dogs under close control but, if a farm animal chases you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead – don’t risk getting hurt by trying to protect it.
    Find out more, see Keep dogs under close control.