You asked: What is the countryside code for the UK?

The Countryside Code offers advice on how you can enjoy your visit to the countryside and how to protect it by acting responsibly. The code explains that is important to plan ahead, stay safe, control your dog near livestock and stop fires.

What is the new Countryside Code?

To help people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy the countryside responsibly, the public code encourages people to ‘be nice, say hello, share the space’ and reminds visitors to not litter and avoid feeding livestock, horses or wild animals.

Where does the Countryside Code apply?

Rules for countryside visitors

The Countryside Code for visitors is your guide to visiting the countryside. It includes the rules you must follow when you’re enjoying parks and waterways, coast and countryside.

What are the three points of the Countryside Code?

The Countryside Code

  • Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs. Take maps/guidebooks. …
  • Leave gates and property as you find them. …
  • Protect plants and animals and take your litter home. …
  • Keep dogs under close control. …
  • Consider other people.
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Why was the countryside code created?

This Code was designed to reflect both the changes that had happened over the previous 20 years and the introduction of the new public right of access to open country and registered common land.

When was the countryside code written?

The first Countryside Code booklet was published in 1951. This update – the first in over a decade – has been shaped by nearly 4,000 stakeholder responses to an online survey, which sought views on best practices for visiting the countryside and protecting the natural environment and saw a huge response.

Can you walk through fields?

There is no automatic right to walk across agricultural or other private land, even if you think doing so wouldn’t cause any damage.

Can you walk through fields in England?

You can access some land across England without having to use paths – this land is known as ‘open access land’ or ‘access land’. Access land includes mountains, moors, heaths and downs that are privately owned. It also includes common land registered with the local council and some land around the England Coast Path.

What signs do you see in the countryside?

Here are some of the most common rural road signs to look out for.

  • Animal warnings. There are lots of signs warning of wild animals or farm animals on countryside roads, such as this one: …
  • Farms and tractors. …
  • Narrow roads. …
  • Slippery or uneven roads.

Does the Countryside Code cover Scotland?

The rights confirmed in the Scottish legislation are greater than the limited rights of access created in England and Wales by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW). The Code has been approved by both the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament.

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What can be done to protect the countryside?

Be sure to be nice, say hello and share the space.

  • Make sure you keep to the footpaths to help protect crops and wildlife.
  • Leave gates and property as you find them.
  • Slow down or stop for horses, walkers and farm animals and give them plenty of room.
  • Don’t block gateways, driveways or paths with your vehicle.

Why is it important to protect the countryside?

Being outside in nature benefits people physically and mentally and helps improve understanding of the natural world. By protecting and improving access, more people can enjoy the countryside.

Should dogs be on a lead in the countryside?

It’s best to put your dog on the lead as they come past. The law protects your right to walk these paths at anytime and requires you to take simple steps to prevent harm to wildlife, farm animals and other people, so always follow the Countryside Code.

Is it OK to walk through farmers fields?

Keep to paths across farmland

Help stop damage to crops by walking around the edge of a field unless there is an existing path across it. Avoid fields where there are animals, as your presence may cause them stress and endanger your own safety.