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 Codes of conduct

There are two main codes of conduct to follow when you are visiting the North Pennines AONB and European Geopark: the Countryside Code and the Moorland Visitor's Code.   

Countryside Code

Please follow the Countryside Code when you are out and about in the North Pennines to ensure that you get the best out of your visit and to make sure that the countryside is protected for future generations to enjoy:

  • Be safe - plan ahead and follow any signs
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under close control
  • Consider other people

Moorland Visitor's Code

The Moorland Visitor’s Code, which shares the key messages of the Countryside Code, was produced by the Moorland Access Advisory Group.


If you are a birdwatcher be sure to follow the Birdwatchers’ Code of Conduct and the Black Grouse Watching Code as well!

Walkers on the Pennine Way National Trail in Teesdale
Image of the black grouse - an iconic bird species of the North Pennines