It has been wonderful to see so many people really enjoying their local countryside and exploring new areas that they never knew existed. Although most people are respectful of their surroundings, unfortunately we have seen an increase in littering, fly-tipping and thoughtless actions which cause damage and can harm wildlife and cattle. Most of the land is privately owned so please stick to the footpaths. There is no “right to roam” within the Countryside Park.
A growing problem is people leaving their litter lying around. Please take your litter home.
This is important because wildlife and farm animals will eat what is left behind and could become seriously ill or even die as a result. Taking your rubbish home also means that others can enjoy clean and pleasant green spaces and waterways.
We ask that visitors are considerate of all other users of the Park – walkers, cyclists, horse riders, bird watchers etc, and, of course, the farmers who make their livelihoods through feeding the nation and helping to manage the countryside.
The Countryside Code
Help us keep the Combe Valley clean and safe for visitors and wildlife alike by following the countryside code:
Protect the natural environment
- Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home
- Don’t light barbecues or fires
- Keep dogs fully under control
- Collect and bag dog mess and put it in the correct bin
Respect other people
- Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
- Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways is always clear
- Leave gates and property as you find them
- Stick to public paths, but give way to others where it’s narrow.
- While Covid-19 restrictions are in place, observe all social distancing requirements
Enjoy the outdoors
- Plan ahead, check what facilities are open, be prepared
- Obey all local signs and advice
Peter, local naturalist and CIC Trustee, tells us more about why it is important to follow the countryside code…
”Litter has been a big issue in recent months and, apart from the fact that it looks untidy, some of the main hazards are wildlife suffocating in plastic bags, accidentally swallowing bits of harmful plastic and glass, and sharp cans causing cuts and injuries. Rubbish blows away and often ends up in the streams, woods and meadows.
All of this is very unpleasant for anyone walking in the park as well.
It is also important for people to stick to public designated paths, otherwise they run the risk of trampling rare plants and insects, as well as disturbing nesting wildlife or grazing cattle. The footpaths are all marked on the park map.
Dogs off the lead sometimes get away from their owners and chase wildlife and disrupt ground nesting birds or farmers livestock which again can cause disturbance and considerable harm. Please also clean up after your dogs. Bag it and bin it!
Please do help where you can as our wildlife and the countryside park are under so much pressure already – we really need your support to look after this wonderful area of nature on our doorstep.”
How you can help
We understand most people will be following the countryside code, but please help us to spread the word to others, explaining the importance of these rules and why they are in place.
For more details click here…https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code/countryside-code-full-online-version
We are always pleased to hear about what you’ve enjoyed about the park, so get in touch via our facebook page and tell us your particular tale, or share some pictures.
Thank you for your support,
The Combe Valley Countryside Park Community Interest Company