Leave no Trace: 7 principles for ramblers

I discovered this North American organisation with an excellent set of principles, designed to protect the countryside.

Leave no Trace logo

Although meant for wilderness adventures, rather than treks through the gentler landscapes of Britain, I think they provide a simple set of guidelines for ramblers everywhere.

In England and Wales, we have our own ‘Countryside Code’ of course, with the tagline Respect, Protect and Enjoy, which is broadly similar in scope, but far more detailed and therefore harder to remember.

The 7 Principles of Leave no Trace:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

The Leave No Trace Center has variations of these principles for various environments such as heritage sites, rivers, urban, fishing, climbing, etc.

Being American, they are obsessed with copyright notices, and their required wording is reproduced below:

The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org


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