Christmas and New Year message to countryside walkers, cyclists and horse riders

People who decide on getting out in the great outdoors over the festive and New Year holiday are being urged to remember the Countryside Code.

Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 11:40 am
Updated Thursday, 26th December 2019, 5:39 pm

The Country Landowners Association is urging the walkers, cyclists and horse riders to stick to public rights of way, keep dogs under control and take their litter home.

CLA director North Dorothy Fairburn said: “Country walks are a festive tradition but can cause irreparable harm through thoughtless behaviour.

“Getting out and enjoying the countryside during this holiday period is a good thing, but it is vital dog owners understand their responsibilities when walking on farms. We welcome visitors but ask that you use common sense when enjoying a day out in the countryside.”

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She added: “The Countryside Code is generally adhered to but there are a few worrying trends based on anti-social behaviour or a lack of awareness of the working countryside.

“All visitors should be conscious that the countryside is also a place of work where the land, livestock, machinery, wildlife and environment must be respected.”

*Please keep your dog on a lead if you are anywhere near livestock. Even the best-trained family pet can chase sheep and wildlife if not kept under close control. Also, clear up after your dog.

*Please ensure you take your litter home with you and dispose of bulky waste through proper legal channels.

*When riding a bike or driving a vehicle, slow down or stop for horses, walkers and farm animals and give them plenty of room. By law, cyclists must give way to walkers and horse- riders on bridleways.