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Follow the Countryside Code


Check out The Countryside Code before any visit to the English countryside:

➜ Respect everyone: be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside; leave gates and property as you find them; do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking; be nice, say hello, share the space; follow local signs and keep to marked paths
➜ Protect the environment: take your litter and dog poo home – leave no trace of your visit; do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can; always keep dogs under control, preferably on a lead; care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
➜ Enjoy the outdoors: check your route and local conditions; plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do; enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory.

Download The Countryside Code

The Countryside Code leaflet is available to download in two formats from the National Trails website:

Language variations

The Countryside Code has also been translated into various languages, available from the National Trails website.

In May 2023, Natural England collaborated with Aardman Animations to produce a series of baa-rilliant Shaun The Sheep Countryside Code Videos. All the clips are available on Natural England’s Youtube Channel.

Here is Shaun The Sheep’s Guide to the Countryside Code:


National Park Member


'Your food and litter could harm the ponies and donkeys. Please take your litter home if bins are full.'

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