Helping everyone respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors

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Landowner and Farmer Advice.

The Mapping & Enforcement Team have recently produced ‘Public Rights of Way- A Guide for Landowners and Farmers’ which outlines some of the most common issues and queries relating to Public Rights of Way.  Whilst produced primarily for landowners the guide is useful for anyone who has an interest in accessing the Countryside. We encourage you to read this and forward it to anyone you think might be interested.

The Countryside Code.

Respect. Protect. Enjoy.

The Countryside Code is a set of rules to help everyone responsibly enjoy the countryside. It applies to all parts of the countryside in England and Wales, aiming to help everyone respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors.

Respect other people:

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
  • Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available

Protect the natural environment:

  • Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under effective control

Enjoy the outdoors:

  • Plan ahead and be prepared
  • Follow advice and local signs

The full Countryside Code can be downloaded from the Natural England website.

Highway Code.

This Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. The Highway Code is essential reading for everyone.

The most vulnerable road users are pedestrians, particularly children, older or disabled people, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. It is important that all road users are aware of the Code and are considerate towards each other. This applies to pedestrians as much as to drivers and riders.

For more details please go to the Department of Transport web pages.