SCOUTS - Be Prepared

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Guard against all risk of fire

fire.gif Especially in forest areas. Do not light any fires and please ensure that all matches are well extinguished before dropping them. Great damage is done every year to crops, plantations, woodlands and heaths. A match or cigarette thrown away or a pipe carelessly knocked out, picnic fires not properly extinguished, or lighted near dry crops can quickly start a blaze.



Fasten all gates

fence.gifThey are there to control stock movements. Escaped animals can damage crops or come into danger on roads - or they can become mixed with other animals and difficult to separate again. If animals get out of a field they stray. As a result they may do serious damage to crops, suffer injury on the roads, or eat food that is harmful. 


Keep your dogs under close control


Especially near stock. Worried animals can become sick or go into shock. Pregnant animals can miscarry. Young animals can be attacked and even killed. Animals are easily frightened, even by small, playful dogs. Stillbirths may be the result.




Keep to public paths across farmland

Please never trample on crops. Remember they are someone's livelihood. If you leave a path, it can be difficult to find the next gate or stile and - especially on the hills - it can be quite easy to get lost in a very short space of time. Crops are damaged by treading; flattened crops are difficult to harvest. Grass is a valuable crop. 


Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges, and walls fence.gif

Please do not attempt to climb over fences or walls. They are easy to damage and costly and time consuming to repair. If these are damaged, gaps will be caused. Where a person goes, an animal may follow.


cow.gifLeave livestock, crops and machinery alone

Both animals and farm machinery can be very dangerous to touch. Never touch farm chemicals or animal foodstuffs. Many of the machines and much of the business stock on which the farmer depends for his livelihood have to be kept in the open. Take care not to damage them. 

Take your litter home

bin.gif It is dangerous for animals (who may attempt to eat food remains or bags, or cut themselves on glass or hard plastic) and unsightly for local people and other walkers. Litter is not just unsightly, but often a danger as well.






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Do not empty any liquids into rivers, water courses or troughs. Countrymen often depend on wells and streams for water for themselves and their animals. 


Protect wildlife, plants and trees


Do not pick wildflowers and never, ever remove a whole plant or bulb. Be careful near young trees whose trunks may be quite delicate. Wild animals should not be disturbed, plants uprooted nor trees treated roughly.




Take special care on country roads

 Farm vehicles can be very large and can travel very slowly. Animal herds may also be moving along roads and can be difficult to see until the last moment. If there is no footpath, walkers are generally safer on the right, facing on-coming traffic. Care and patience are needed by motorists when passing farm animals or horses being ridden or otherwise. road.gif


Make no unnecessary noise

noise.gif Radios and cassette decks are not welcome anywhere in the open countryside.




1. Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints

2. Do not let your dog foul the countryside

3. Cause no damage

4. Do not spoil anyone else's legitimate enjoyment

5. Do not feed livestock or deliberately disturb livestock, wildlife or habitats

6. Keep to marked access areas and trails

7. Carry and use Ordnance Survey maps to assist in the navigation of your route.

8. Observe and respond to notices and warning signs for your own safety.

9. Keep to routes provided and permitted for a particular use.

10. Park cars with consideration for other road and countryside users and workers.

When Moorland and Hill Walking:

Wear appropriate clothing for your activities and be mindful of possible changes in the weather. ‘Mountain’ weather can change quickly and endanger life.Carry high energy foods and water - this can save lives.

Please follow a code for riding responsibly

Keep to bridleways, byways and special riding routesPlan your routeAlways wear a helmetBe considerate to local farmers, their stock and other usersDo not ride in large groups (never more than 12)Do not jump hedgerows or fallen timberTake care on country lanesTake home all droppings and straw that may be deposited in parking areasHave a good time

Please follow the code of conduct for off-road cycling

Keep to bridleways, byways and special cycle routesRide under controlAlways wear a helmetBe considerate, slow down and signal your approachEnsure your bike is safe and be prepared for emergenciesPut lights on in poor visibilityLearn First AidWear reflective clothingAlways carry and be able to use a mapTell someone where you are goingEnjoy yourself