Throughout the United Kingdom, farms, fields, woodlands, hills and mountains are bordered or crossed by ancient rights of way and public footpaths which landowners are obliged to keep clear. This right of access is enshrined in British custom and law. A similar set of rules, The Countryside Code , is observed in England and Wales
Know Before You Go - The Scottish Outdoor Access Code
- Take responsibility for your own actions Make sure you bring proper clothing and gear, be mindful of weather conditions and safety considerations.
- Respect people’s privacy and peace of mind Keep a sensible distance from homes or gardens, use a path or a track if one is available and be careful not to startle people or animals at night.
- Help land managers and others to work safely and effectively Do not hinder land management operations and follow advice from land managers. Respect requests for reasonable limitations on when and where you can go.
- Care for your environment Don't disturb plants and wildlife, take away your litter and keep to paths and tracks if they are available.
- Keep your dog under proper control Don't take your pet into fields with calves or lambs. And dispose of dog droppings.