Taking our dogs for a walk is such a joy in this beautiful area. This is especially so during these extraordinary times. It’s good for us, and our dogs, to enjoy healthy exercise. However, it may be useful to remind ourselves of our rights and obligations.
The public right of way is meant for pedestrians only. You are allowed to walk your dog as long as it is under your close control. When walking a dog, you must ensure that it keeps to the public footpath and does not trespass into nearby properties. There is no legal requirement for dogs to be kept on leads, however your dog must be kept under close control when using public rights of way, to ensure it does not scare farm animals, wildlife or other path users. This means dogs should be either on a fixed lead, walking at heel or have a reliable recall. Dogs should be kept within sight and not be allowed to stray off the path. In some areas, particularly during this season of lambing and when ground birds are nesting, there may be signs that dogs should be kept on a lead.
Our local farmers are thoughtful and welcoming. They realise that we all have a right (within the law) to enjoy this beautiful countryside but, in turn, we should continue to respect their rights and bear in mind that theirs is a necessary and difficult business.
You can download a copy of the Countryside Code below.