Can anyone walk or ride a horse on the North Perrott Fruit Farm?
No. If you want to ride your horse on the farm you need to fill in your details here. Any member of the public is entited to use the public foot paths and the permissive foot paths that have been agreed with the County Council. There are only two public footpaths on the farm, one forms part of the Leyland Trail
Can I walk off the foot paths?
Only with the consent of the landowner. For many years, we have allowed the residents of North Perrott and Haslebury to walk and excercise their dogs on the farm tracks. We are a working farm and not a country park, so regretably we have to draw the line at people from further away.Please do not walk on the crops or down the alleyways between the fruit trees.
Are there any golden rules?
Yes, farms might look beautiful and innocent but they are a dangerous work place and suffer more acidents and injuries than most factories.
- Stay away from tractors if they are operating in a field or regularly using a trackway at harvest. They are at work and may spend most of their time looking behind at their machinery and not noticing you.
- You may not walk in an orchard while it is being sprayed. If you find yourself in an orchard that is being sprayed, note the wind direction and take the quickest way out of the field. Adjust your route to walk away from the sprayer.
- Stay away from buildings most farm buildings are open and contain any number of potential hazards to members of the public.
- If your dog is not capable of instant verbal recall, please keep it on a lead. We have free range poultry around the farm yard and we wish our ground game to remain undisturbed, thank you.
- Where footpaths are in cropped fields, please walk in single file and if on the edge of the field, walk as close to the hedge as possible. Wide footpaths have a significan finacial cost to farmers.
- No motor vehicles or bicycles are allowed on the farm. If you area farm shop customer and wish to walk on the farm, please park in the shop car park and ask for map of approved routes that we keep in the shop.
When walking, please remember, that while everyone should be able to enjoy the great outdoors, to many of us, the countryside is our business and many more people rely on it for their livelihood. Fields grow crops and there is an economic cost to walkers trampling over them, even a grass pasture. This is why farmers prefer for walkers and riders to stay to a narrow pathway and concentrate the damage to just one area of a field. Please be the walker who we do not notice, not the one that causes disruption to our work or economic loss. Be aware of your actions and leave the countryside as you found it for others to enjoy.