Countryside Code Relaunched - Positive news for The Lake District
1st April 2021
The Countryside Code has been updated as an increasing number of people turn to nature for solace during the coronavirus pandemic.
The code, which provides advice for visitors to natural places, has not been refreshed in more than a decade, although there were updates last summer in response to issues raised during lockdown.
It was first published in 1951 and is being relaunched ahead of what is expected to be a busy Easter weekend for those who like to seek out rural areas.
Changes include advice to say hello to others, not to feed livestock, horses or wild animals, and to stay on marked footpaths, even if they are muddy.
Guidance for dog walkers is clarified and there is information on getting permission for activities such as wild swimming.
The code, compiled by government agencies Natural England and Natural Resources Wales, is aimed at being a guide, rather than a set of rules, recognising the benefits of spending time in nature, encouraging people to "enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory".
It was drawn up after an online survey that received nearly 4,000 responses.