Countryside Code

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The Countryside code is a code to follow wherever you go on a visit to the countryside.

By following this code you will get the best enjoyment possible from your walk and help protect our beautiful countryside now and for future generations.


Be safe – plan ahead and follow any signs
Even when going out locally, it’s best to get the latest information about where and when you can go, e.g. your rights to go onto some areas of open land may be restricted while work is carried out for safety reasons, or during breeding seasons. Follow advice and local signs, and be prepared for the unexpected

Leave gates and property as you find them
Please respect the working life of the countryside, as our actions can affect people’s livelihoods, our heritage, and the safety and welfare of animals and ourselves.

Protect plants and animals, and take home your litter
We have a responsibility to protect our countryside now and The Countryside Codefor future generations, so make sure you don’t harm animals, birds, plants or trees.

Keep dogs under close control
The countryside is a great place to exercise dogs, but it’s every owner’s duty to make sure their dog is not a danger or nuisance to farm animals, wildlife or other people.

Consider other people
Showing consideration and respect for other people makes the countryside a pleasant environment for everyone – at home, at work and at leisure.

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Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Heritage Lottery Fund Interreg 3C Kent County Council Natural England