The right direction

CLA National Access Adviser Sophie Dwerryhouse sets out why the Association has produced a set of public rights of way signs and how they will help members
CLA dog sign with a walker in the background

I am really pleased that we have been able to launch our new CLA signs for use on public rights of way. It has been some years since the CLA produced its own signage, but a choice of new signs is now back by popular demand.

Over the last couple of years, there has been much discussion around the public’s increased interest in access to the countryside, which, as many members have discussed with us, brings both opportunities and challenges.

Public rights of way signs

Having consulted CLA branch committees, the signs reflect what members say they require assistance with. Often, you find walkers, not to mention some cyclists and horse riders, not sticking to the route of a public footpath or bridleway. Hopefully, the new waymarkers will assist with keeping users on the correct route.

Dog waste and livestock worrying were the other two big concerns that members raised, and we have tried to help address these concerns with more detailed signs.

We have also included QR codes on all of the signs, which take members of the public to dedicated pages on the CLA website, providing practical and important information about how to enjoy the countryside responsibly.

I would like to thank those who sit on the CLA's access working group and members and colleagues who have been generous with their time and shared their experience to contribute to several areas of our access work, particularly concerning these signs and our new guidance notes.

Countryside Code

We will continue to raise awareness of the importance of responsible behaviour in the countryside and continue to push for the Countryside Code to be taught in schools. Our popular resource pack for teachers and youth leaders is still available on the CLA website and is free to download; please spread the word.

If members have queries about the signs or public access more widely, please do not hesitate to contact myself or colleagues in your regional offices.

Countryside Code

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Key contact:

sophie dwerryhouse
Sophie Dwerryhouse Regional Director, CLA Midlands