On many of the walks I go on I am following paths and trails that lead through countryside and fields. There are a few guidelines and rules that should be adhered to when using these kinds of rural and agricultural paths called the Countryside Code. The Countryside Code is put in place to protect the land, habitats, nature and animals that use the land as well as you – the walker and the land owner. The rules have been published on several ramblers blogs and are available to read from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code along with handy downloadable guides.
The Code can be broken down into 3 main components – Respect, Protect, Enjoy.
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
This has been taken from the Gov.uk website and a full, expanded version of the Code can be found there.
I find it useful to re-familiarise myself with the Code every now and again just to make sure that you are always following the Code and making best the use of the outdoors, enjoying it to the fullest and leaving it in the best possible way for others to enjoy.
Llangennith beach, off Rhossilli in Gower (Wales) has a sign saying “Leave Only Footprints” and Abereiddy has an extended version (see pic) which I love the sentiment of, to me its a simplified version of the Countryside Code and if you remember nothing more,and follow that then you are on the right track.
And I also have to share with you yesterdays stats…
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