Updates to The Countryside Code

A refreshed Countryside Code was launched earlier this month by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the creation of the founding booklet.

With more people enjoying the outdoors than ever before, the code has been revised to allow everyone to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits that nature offers, while giving it the respect it deserves.

Some of the changes include: advice on creating a welcoming environment, for example by saying hello to fellow visitors; clearer rules to underline the importance of picking up after your dog; staying on footpaths; and not feeding livestock. It also provides advice on how to seek permissions for activities such as wild swimming.

The revised Countryside Code is shown below, and can also downloaded as a leaflet from the ‘Attachments’ section on this page.

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