Natural England and Natural Resources Wales have a statutory duty to produce a Code as set out in the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.
Our statutory duty is to keep the Code up to date, relevant and accessible to all.
The 1949 Act established National Parks, National Trails, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Nature Reserves. With their creation, the original Country Code encouraged people to enjoy visiting these special places but also appreciate their intrinsic qualities and respect that others lived and worked there. So people needed to follow a few basic rules e.g. stay on footpaths, avoid damaging fences, and keep dogs under control.
The 2021 refresh of the Code contains the same basic messages of protecting the environment, respecting other people living, working and visiting the outdoors while enjoying the experience safely.