Certain rules of behaviour, observed when in the country, will ensure that you don’t endanger yourself or any wildlife during your trip. There’s an age-old way of doing things in rural Britain, so go prepared, and be aware that it’s still the norm to greet people you encounter with a friendly “Hello”.
Stick to designated paths, especially in crop fields, and when walking on a rural road, walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic. When rounding a bend or blind corner, move to the other side of the road to avoid head- on collisions, then move back to the other side on a straight stretch. Leave gates as you find them – they will be open or closed for a reason. Take litter home with you if you can’t find a bin. Wild or farmland animals shouldn’t be approached, and even friendly-looking dogs on leads should be given a wide berth, unless the owner invites you to pet them.