People of all ages are experiencing the many benefits of engaging with nature and enjoying the countryside across Leicestershire.  Our country parks form an integral part of that landscape, with public rights of way often linking them with farmland, villages, community spaces and woodlands beyond.  Whether a regular visitor, or discovering new parks for the first time, we want to make sure that everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities in the countryside.  The Countryside Code has recently been updated by Natural England, to reflect new practices, including giving way to others where it’s narrow and social distancing measures.  We’re encouraging people to familiarise themselves with the new Code and follow advice to respect other people, protect the natural environment and enjoy the outdoors.

The Countryside Code

Respect other people

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
  • Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways is clear
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Follow paths but give way to others where it’s narrow

Protect the natural environment

  • Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home
  • Don’t have BBQs or fires
  • Keep dogs under effective control
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it

Enjoy the outdoors

  • Plan ahead, check what facilities are open, be prepared
  • Follow advice and local signs and obey social distancing measures


Please also continue to support our Country Park teams in maintaining a clean, safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors.

For more details about the updated Countryside Code visit