Ramblers Cymru and NFU Cymru share guidance on enjoying the Welsh countryside
With spring in full swing and public holidays on the horizon, families and outdoor enthusiasts are expected to head outside to enjoy Wales’ iconic landscapes.
31 March 2023
Following the guidance
Walking charity Ramblers Cymru is collaborating with the Welsh farming union NFU Cymru to remind those headed onto Wales’ footpaths to do so safely and responsibly:
• Keep your dog close and under effective control on a short lead around cows and sheep - but release the lead if you are chased by cattle.
• Pick up after your dog, and remember to take your litter home with you.
• Leave gates as you find them.
• Follow local signs and keep to marked footpaths and rights of way.
• Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking.
Being responsible and staying safe
NFU Cymru Rural Affairs Board Chairman Hedd Pugh said: “For centuries Welsh farmers have gained a great satisfaction in maintaining and managing this picturesque landscape that is enjoyed by millions of people every year, whether that’s local residents taking advantage of the trails on their doorstep or visitors travelling here from the other side of the world.
“Wales’ countryside is home to thousands of miles of footpaths and rights of way, as well as being a working environment where animals graze and farm businesses work all year round to feed the nation. It is a delicate balance and one where all must act responsibly – whether it’s those enjoying the countryside recreationally or those living and working on the land – to ensure all people and animals remain safe. Spring is a particularly busy time in the farming calendar and visitors will be noticing new-born lambs and calves taking their first steps in the fields. Please be respectful of this environment and the animals that call it home by keeping dogs under control and on a short lead around livestock.
“NFU Cymru is pleased to be able to work in partnership with Ramblers Cymru again this year to spread this important messaging and help ensure that everyone is able to enjoy Wales’ rich tapestry of nature.”
Angela Charlton, Director at Ramblers Cymru said: “We want everyone to be able to feel welcome and enjoy the simple pleasures and benefits of being in the outdoors surrounded by nature.
“By following the simple guidance in the Countryside Code we can all do our bit to protect the environment and the local communities who live there as we pass through, leaving only footprints and creating new memories.”
For more information on enjoying the Welsh countryside safely and responsibly, please visit naturalresources.wales/countrysidecode.
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