The Countryside Code

The Countryside Code gives common sense advice to help everybody respect, protect and enjoy the countryside. It is also there to support local communities who live and work in the countryside.

It gives advice on how to enjoy your visit to the countryside while at the same time helping to protect it. Find out about planning ahead, staying safe, controlling your dog near livestock and preventing fires.

The Code applies to all parts of the countryside in England and Wales. Scotland has its own Outdoor Access Code.

Other types of landscape, like moorlands, also have specific codes. These can be found on the Natural England website.

Five Simple Messages Summarise The Code:
Be safe – plan ahead and follow any signs.
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.