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We are very lucky to be based in the beautiful North York Moors, and we hope that all of our guests take full advantage of the miles of pristine Yorkshire countryside and coast quite literally on our doorstep.

Alongside this, we ask all our guests to adhere to the Countryside Code, and to respect, protect and enjoy their surroundings. The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the country and gives advice on how you can enjoy your visit to the countryside whilst acting responsibly. Most of it is just good common sense, and sticking to the rules will help you make the most of your time at High Oaks Grange.

Here are some of the key points:

1. Respect other people

  • Respect the needs of local people and visitors alike - don’t block gateways, driveways or other paths with your vehicle.
  • When riding a bike or driving a vehicle, slow down or stop for horses, walkers and farm animals and give them plenty of room. By law, cyclists must give way to walkers and horse riders on bridleways.
  • Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available.

2. Protect the natural environment

  • Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home. Litter and leftover food doesn’t just spoil the beauty of the countryside, it can be dangerous to wildlife and farm animals.
  • Keep dogs under effective control - When you take your dog into the outdoors, always ensure it does not disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people. This means that you either must keep your dog on a lead, or keep it in sight at all times and be confident it will return to you promptly on command. 

3. Enjoy the outdoors

  • Plan ahead and be prepared - You’ll get more from your visit if you refer to up to-date maps or guidebooks and websites before you go.
  • You're responsible for your own safety and the saftey of others in your care, so be prepared for natural hazards, changes in weather and other events.
  • Follow advice and local signs - A yellow arrow denotes a Footpath, which is open to walkers only. A blue arrow denotes a Bridleway, which is open to walkers, horse-riders and cyclists. A brown circle with a walking figure denotes Open Access Land, which is available for people to walk, run, explore, climb and watch wildlife, without having to stay on paths.


If we can all respect, protect, and enjoy our countryside, the North York Moors will continue to be one of the most fantastic places to visit in the UK.

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