Statutory guidance

The Countryside Code

Responsibilities for visitors to the countryside and those who manage the land.



If you visit the countryside during the coronavirus pandemic, you should follow the shortened version of the Countryside Code.

The full Countryside Code provides advice for the general public and land managers in normal circumstances.


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Published 19 August 2014
Last updated 2 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Full version of the Countryside Code reinstated.

  2. We've published a revised version of the Countryside Code.

  3. New Countryside Code leaflet published.

  4. Added bookmark and details of how to obtain hard copies of both the leaflet and bookmark.

  5. First published.