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Decode the countryside

Head outside to spot examples of the countryside code being followed or ignored.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Camera or phone

Before you begin

  • Plan a route for your walk. Make sure it isn’t too long, is accessible for everyone, and try to include things relevant to the code.
  • If you’re not able to get out to the countryside, why not go for a walk around a local park or green space?

Time to walk

  1. Everyone should remind themselves of their relevant Countryside Code.
  1. Everyone should go on a walk – the person leading the activity should have planned the route already.
  1. As they walk, everyone should look for examples of where the code has been followed, or where it has been ignored. Have people followed signs about leaving gates open or closed? Are there wild flowers which people have left alone for others to enjoy?
  2. When people spot an example of the code being followed or ignored, they should pause and record it. They may want to write it down, draw a picture, or take a photo.
  1. When they get back, everyone should split into groups.
  1. People should take it in turns to show their group the pictures they drew, lists they made, or photos they took. The rest of their group should try to guess which part of the code is being followed or ignored.

Reflection

This activity helped you to value the outdoors. Did you enjoy being outside during this activity? Did you feel connected to the natural environment? Would you be able to enjoy being outside if no one followed the code? Why is the code important for nature?

This activity was also a chance to be active. Did you enjoy being active during this activity? Is walking something you enjoy? What makes walking more or less fun? Would you like to spend more time walking? What motivated your group to continue if anyone started to feel tired?

Safety

Hiking and walking

Follow the guidance for activities in Terrain Zero, or the guidance from the adventure page.

Outdoor activities

You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.

Phones and cameras

Make sure parents and carers are aware and have given consent for photography.