The current government message is #stayhomesavelives and guidance states “one form of exercise per day”. With this, more people are venturing into their local countryside for a run, walk or cycle rather than going to the gym. However, there are things we need to consider, such as The Countryside Code, in order to protect our surroundings.
Below I have outlined how you can still enjoy the beauty of the countryside while respecting the animals, species and people who live there and rely on it. Whether it be how to choose the right path to take, feeding animals or closing gates behind you, it’s all explained here.
The public has the right to pass and repass on foot. Pushchairs and dogs are also allowed on those footpaths, but the latter must always be under the owner’s control.
The public has the right to pass and repass on foot, horseback and bicycle.
The public has the right to pass and repass on foot, horseback and non-mechanically propelled vehicles.
The public has the right to pass and repass on foot, horseback, bicycle and in a vehicle.
It is important to train your dog in order to keep it under proper control when out in the countryside. Good training reduces the risk of your dog worrying livestock and means that you can feel confident when enjoying a walk with your dog.
BASC has several blogs on how to train your dog, for example:
Toni Paull considers a few common issues many of us are likely to have faced when working our dogs in the shooting field.
Staying at home isn’t all bad – it does mean we can spend more time on gundog training.
So, let’s help our communities by always adhering to The Countryside Code. We all want to enjoy what the fantastic British countryside has to offer. Do this safely, don’t spoil it for others and respect the countryside at all times.
The information here is correct to the best of BASC’s knowledge. It cannot be used to defend any actions taken by individuals if they are in breach of the law or common courtesy.