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Advice on visiting the countryside

Surrey's countryside has a large and varied network of footpaths, byways and bridleways that criss-cross the county, more than 2,000 miles to be precise available for public enjoyment 365 days a year. It is easy to reach by car, bus or train.

You can also plan your own route using the Surrey Interactive Map.

If you want to know the difference between a public footpath and bridleway as well as information about finding your way around the countryside using signs and waymarks, you can pick up a copy of our leaflet: Arrows and Acorns - a guide to exploring public rights of way, available from your local library or to download below.

Arrows and Acorns also contains information on other countryside paths and open access areas in Surrey, including Statutory Open Access land which is mapped by Natural England. Information about rights of way and accessing land is available and please observe The Countryside Code.

The Countryside Code gives general guidelines for countryside usage that everyone should be aware of. Follow these simple steps and you'll help protect the countryside, as well as having a great day out.

Respect other people

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors.
  • Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available.

Protect the natural environment

  • Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home.
  • Keep dogs under effective control.

Enjoy the outdoors

  • Plan ahead and be prepared.
  • Follow advice and local signs.

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