The Countryside Code

Respect, Protect, Enjoy

The Countryside Code helps you respect, protect and enjoy the countryside, enabling you to get the most out of your visit.

A new refreshed Countryside Code has been published, 70 years since the first booklet was published in 1951. The Code allows people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits that nature offers, while respecting the environment and people who live and work in it.

It provides you with helpful advice about:

  • Preparing for your trip
  • Keeping yourself and others safe
  • Ensuring the countryside remains a beautiful place that everyone can enjoy.

For full details, including a range of codes for specific activities such as angling, canoeing and wild swimming, visit the Natural Resources Wales website.

The new Countryside Code

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 unless wider access is available


Protect the natural environment

  • take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • take care with BBQs and do not light fires
  • always keep your dogs under control and in sight
  • dog poo – bag it and bin it in any public waste bin
  • 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