Bodymain Right

The Countryside Code

Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs. If possible tell someone at home which route you are following.

Close gates behind you.

Protect plants and animals and take your litter home. Litter and leftover food spoil the beauty of the countryside and can be dangerous to wildlife. Please take special care not to damage, destroy or remove features such as rocks, plants and trees. These provide homes for wildlife and add to everyone's enjoyment of the countryside.

Wild animals and farm animals can behave unpredictably if you get too close, particularly if they have young. Give them plenty of space. If an animal chases you and your dog, it is safer to let the dog off the lead-don't risk getting hurt by trying to protect it.

Consider other people. Be aware of walkers, cyclists and horse riders along country roads. Slow down and give them plenty of room, or better still, leave the car at home! Respect the needs of local people and avoid blocking gateways with your car. Support the rural economy by using local shops and businesses.

Keep dogs under close control. Do not allow your dog to disturb or scare farm animals or wildlife. Please avoid allowing your dog to run through nesting sites, such as grassland, between March 1 and July 31.

Please clean up after your dog and use the dog bins provided.

More information on the Countryside Code can be found on www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk

Traveline helps you to plan your route using public transport, visit www.traveline.org.uk