We all remember learning about the Highway Code when we were at school, but the Countryside Code is just as important. It is there to protect visitors who aren't used to the great outdoors, and to preserve the natural environment so we can continue to enjoy it for many years to come.
If you are planning a hiking or cycling trip to the Lake District, it's a good idea to be aware of the Countryside Code and how you can follow it effectively.
1. Respect the environment
The Lake District is also home to a number of farms and agricultural land. Stick to public pathways and do not plan any walking or cycling routes which lead you across private land. Slow down if you spot any animals on the road, and give farmers plenty of space when they are herding or feeding their livestock.
2. Protect the environment
This means keeping your dogs under control and picking up after them on country roads or public picnic sites. Bring a few bags with you so that you can take all your rubbish away with you, and make sure you deposit your rubbish bags in the designated areas.
3. Enjoy the countryside
Stay safe by planning your routes before you set off and let someone know where you are going, and when you are getting back. If you are staying at a B and B in Windermere or nearby, your hosts should be able to advise you on known routes, local maps and incoming weather.
Posted by Hawksmoor Admin