The Countryside Code

The Countryside Code - Your guide to enjoying parks and waterways, coast and countryside

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Respect everyone

  • be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • leave gates and property as you find them
  • do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • be nice, say hello, share the space
  • follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available

Protect the environment

  • take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • take care with BBQs and do not light fires
  • always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance

Enjoy the outdoors

  • check your route and local conditions
  • plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory

You can find more details about the Countryside Code on the .gov website

Download the Countryside Code summary (PDF) which includes a visual guide to the signs that show the legal and recorded rights of way for different user groups.

Contact us

Spotted something on a public right of way that doesn't look quite right when you're out and about? Let us know via the Suffolk County Council reporting tool.

You can also find lots of information about public rights of way in Suffolk, along with open access land and your right to roam, on the Suffolk County Council website.

Learn about temporary and permanent traffic regulation orders in relation to public rights of way in Suffolk here.