Tread Lightly

In this section of our website, we highlight the steps you can take when enjoying your favourite outdoor activities, to ensure that you are 'treading lightly', and minimising your impact on the environment that you are out exploring and enjoying.
Calm days out
Calm days out

The whole experience, the sights, smells, sounds and textures, of being in the great outdoors leads many of us to a healthy addiction that lasts a lifetime and is passed down generations.

Leave only footprints, take only photographs, keep only memories.

The increasing popularity of outdoor sports driven by a rediscovered need for a connection with our environment, coupled with the ever shrinking size of natural habitats, means that it is more important than ever that we all respect this famous mantra.

Many groups involved with the outdoors have produced codes and guidelines relevant to their disciplines. On this site, we have pulled together advice on how to tread lightly when enjoying the many outdoor activities on offer in our natural playground. We also provide links through to other organisations websites so that you can get more information on the activity of your choice

What ever your chosen activity, there are some basic principles that apply to all:

  1. Keep safe - plan ahead and be prepared.
  2. Be mindful of locals - park thoughtfully, and keep dogs under close control.
  3. Co-operate with farmers and other landowners and managers.
  4. Respect and leave undisturbed the natural habitats and wildlife you come across.
  5. Preserve the past - do not remove or tamper with historical structures.
  6. Respect and be courteous to other outdoor users. Minimise your impact on their ‘natural experience’.
  7. Take home your litter and waste.
  8. Check and follow the laws and codes of conduct established in your country for the activity you are planning to undertake.
Check out this great film made in conjunction with online magazine Outdoors Magic and EOCA member Fjällräven about leaving no trace whilst out in the hills HERE

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"Support from The North Face Explore Fund via EOCA has completely transformed our Project. We have hired two new staff members, expanded our volunteer programme, supported the regeneration of tens of thousands of native trees, hosted new primary schools and restored an upland peat bog. Over the past 12 months we have made impressive progress towards our long-term goal of restoring 630 hectares of wild native woodland in the Lake District National Park. Support from EOCA has raised our ambition. We now have our sights set on even larger scale restoration of native woodlands and other wildlife habitats. "

Dominick Spracklen and John Hodgson, Restoring Hardknott Forest, University of Leeds