The Country Code

The increasing use of the UK's countryside and upland environments for leisure and recreation presents a challenge if we want to keep these areas unspoilt. People wishing to access the countryside have a responsibility to landowners, other users and to the land over which they travel. The first step towards being conscientious is to respect the country code:-

Enjoy the countryside and respect its life and work.
Guard against risk of fire.
Fasten all gates.
Keep your dogs under close control.
Keep to public paths across farmland.
Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls.
Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone.
Take your litter home.
Help to keep all water clean.
Protect wildlife, plants and trees.
Take special care on country roads.
Make no unnecessary noise.  

None of these rules of conduct are unreasonable or impose a burden upon the recreational cyclist, and yet following them will help preserve both the access to, and quality of, what we love - the countryside.