Birrenswark hill, composed of Lava flows near Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Gates, fences, drystane dykes and hedges

Responsible behaviour by the public

The Access Code says:

Use a gate where one has been provided and leave it as you find it. Do not climb over gates, fences, dykes or hedges unless there is no reasonable alternative nearby. If you have to climb over a fence, avoid causing any damage by doing so near to a post. Climb a gate at the hinge end.

Responsible behaviour by land managers

The Access Code says:

Locking gates without reasonable cause or fencing across a path and not providing an appropriate gate might be viewed as unreasonable obstructions. Where possible, avoid channelling the public between two fences. If you need to use barbed wire or electric fencing, take into account people's needs by providing protection at access points and by leaving sufficient room alongside paths.

Guidance on electric fences and public access on moorland