Safer Lakes.

Please help protect our communities, observe social distancing and stay safe.

Check car parks and toilets across the Lake District National Park

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FAmily looking out and admiring the sunning landscape over Ullswater


The Countryside Code

Respect. Protect. Enjoy!

Respect other people

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors.
  • Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways is clear.
  • Leave gates and property as you find them - its important to close gates to keep farm animals from escaping.
  • Follow paths but give way to others where it’s narrow.

Protect the natural environment

  • Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home. Remember there are very few bins away from towns.
  • Don’t have BBQs or fires - fires can damage the ground and could cause a large wildfire. Use a safe camping stove instead.
  • Remember that wild camping and fly camping is not allowed without landowner permission
  • Go to the toilet responsibly, do not leave poo on the ground. Take a look at our outdoor toilet tips.
  • Keep dogs under close control, and always on a lead around farm animals.
  • Dog poo - bag it and bin it!

Enjoy the outdoors

Family walking on a footpath in the Lake District

Which paths you are allowed to go on, on foot, on bike and on horseback.

Public footpaths - Yellow arrows.

Yellow arrow footpath waymarker For people on foot only.

Public bridleway – blue arrows.

Blue arrow bridleway waymarker For people on foot, horse riders and cyclists.

Restricted byways – purple arrows.

Victoria plum-coloured arrow restricted byway waymarker For people on foot, horse riders, cyclists and horse drawn vehicles.

Byways open to all traffic – red arrows.

Red arrow byway open to all traffic waymarker For all of the above plus cars and motorbikes.

Permitted path – white arrows

White arrow permissive path waymarker Only for people on foot unless it specifically says otherwise.

Cyclist on a bridleway