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Information and public services for the Island of Jersey

L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

The Jersey Countryside code

Accessing the countryside

Jersey has a network of paths across public and private land in some of the Island’s most beautiful landscapes. Find out where they are and who can use them by visiting access to the countryside.

Respect, Protect, Enjoy

Jersey's stunning countryside helps make our Island unique. Do your part to keep it this way.


It's important to respect the countryside by:

  • being aware of where you visit for your activities. Some paths are suitable for walking only, where bicycles and horses are not allowed, and other paths may cross into private land
  • sharing the space respectfully with others by keeping to the left on the footpaths
  • staying on marked paths and lanes and following the instructions on any signage found on site. This can be markers designating trails, potential dangers on site or for the protection of breeding habitats
  • following the Jersey Highway Code when walking on roads
  • leaving what you found on site as you found it, whether property, livestock, crops, or machinery and by making sure to shut gates behind you


You can protect our countryside by: 

  • making sure you leave no trace. Take your litter home, or dispose of your litter in the bins provided 
  • being mindful of how sensitive the natural habitats, wildlife, and historic places you visit are to human interaction. Many public sites in Jersey's countryside are fragile and easily damaged
  • looking after the plants, animals, and their habitats by leaving them alone and unharmed


Preparing for your trip to the countryside gives you more time to enjoy yourself when you're there, you can do this by:

  • checking the weather before your trip
  • wearing appropriate clothing for the weather and terrain
  • looking at the tide tables before exploring the foreshore
  • keeping Jersey's countryside special for others 

Dogs owners

Jersey's countryside is a great place to explore and enjoy time with your dog. Make sure you:

  • protect the wildlife and respect landowners, farmers, other site users and their dogs 
  • keep your dog under effective control or on a lead where required
  • pick up after your dog, remember to bag it and bin it

Dogs and horses on beaches

You can exercise your dog or horse on the beach at any time between 1 October and 30 April.

Between 1 May and 30 September, you must keep your dog on a lead, and you can only exercise your horse on the beach between 10.30am and 6pm.

Find more information on dogs and horses on beaches.

Animal fouling and disposal bins

All responsible dog owners must remove dog waste from all areas that the public have access to. Special bins are provided in certain locations for the disposal of this waste.

You could be fined up to £500 if you do not clean up your dog's mess.

Report any problems with these bins to the Department for Infrastructure.

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