Respect. Protect. Enjoy!
The Countryside Code has been refreshed to encourage visitors to respect, protect and enjoy to great outdoors. Below is the 2021 updated Countryside Code.
Respect other people
- Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
- Leave gates and property as you find them
- Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
- Be nice, say hello, share the space
- Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
Protect the natural environment
- Take your litter home - leave no trace of your visit
- Do not light fires or barbecues
- Always keep dogs under control and in sight
- Dog poo - bag it and bin it - any public waste bin will do
- Care for nature - do not cause damage or disturbance
Enjoy the outdoors
- Check your route and local conditions
- Plan your adventure - know what to expect and what you can do
- Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory!
Which paths you are allowed to go on, on foot, on bike and on horseback.
Public footpaths - Yellow arrows.
For people on foot only.
Public bridleway – blue arrows.
For people on foot, horse riders and cyclists.
Restricted byways – purple arrows.
For people on foot, horse riders, cyclists and horse drawn vehicles.
Byways open to all traffic – red arrows.
For all of the above plus cars and motorbikes.
Permitted path – white arrows
Only for people on foot unless it specifically says otherwise.