I hear people often talk about the "Trail User’s Code" or read about it and ever wondered what it might be.

Is it some kind of official act?


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It's basically a unwritten law which can be used to give beginners an overview about the "core rules" while hiking. Due to the fact that it isn't something official, there are many different versions out there. However, it basically always contains this:

It is important to leave the trail in the same shape you find it. The following Trail User’s Code is a useful guide of conduct on the trail.

  • Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints
  • Hike only along the marked routes
  • Use the stiles; do not climb fences
  • Leave flowers, plants and wildlife for others to enjoy
  • Leave the trail clean; carry out all litter
  • Walk around a farmer's cultivated field, not across it
  • Avoid potential fire hazards by not building fires
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    Walk around a farmer's cultivated field, not across it is not always true! In the UK some footpaths take you directly through a field, very common where I live - the farmer often salts / limes a field's footpath to prevent growth across it.
    – Aravona
    Nov 26, 2015 at 14:55

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