Minimising your Impact when walking and hiking
It is inevitable that while pursuing activities such as walking and hiking we will have some impact the environment - an environment already under a lot of pressure.
In order to avoid situations where there is damage beyond repair or owners/authorities act to impose controls, we need to approach our 'sport' responsibly.
Here are some ideas on how to minimise these risks - essentially this builds on the thinking underpinning the Country Code - for more information on the Country Code see The Countryside Agency
Drive only on public roads and not on bridleways, private roads or open country side.
Park in designated areas. If none exists, then park with consideration for others.
Walk on boulders or stony ground where possible.
Walk on paths where these exist.
Avoid running screes.
Keep to footpaths across enclosed land.
Use stiles and gates where these exist.
Leave all gates as you find them - either open or shut.
If climbing a wall is unavoidable, replace any stones which are dislodged. If climbing a fence is unavoidable, try to do so near a fence post.
Carry all litter away with you. Repackage goods bought in shops to reduce packaging.
Avoid lighting fires except in designated areas.
Avoid nesting birds and their nesting areas.
Leave plants, mosses or lichens - don't pick them.
And finally . . .
. . . Take Only Photographs, Leave Only Footprints