Restrictions and guidance for landowners and those using the countryside and open spaces during Covid-19
In accordance with latest
government guidance on social distancing, please keep to the following when accessing countryside or public open spaces.
You can meet in groups of:
Up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household), indoors or outdoors
Up to six people from different households, outdoors
You should ensure you are 2 metres (3 steps apart) apart from anyone outside of your household or at least one metre with precautions such as wearing a face mask
You can travel any distance to get to the countryside but do not travel to different parts of the UK if the rules in that country do not allow you to
Check first if facilities, such as car parks, are open to receive visitors and, when in the countryside, continue to follow the
Countryside Code by respecting the local community and protecting the natural environment Take hand sanitiser with you in case there are no handwashing facilities
Ensure you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you return home. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
For more information see the full
Government guidance on access to green spaces. Advice for landowners
Landowners do not have the legal right to block or obstruct public rights of way. However, in very limited circumstances where large numbers of people are using such routes, landowners may consider the following measures:
Tying gates open if it is safe to do so, so that walkers do not need to touch the gate
Temporarily displaying polite notices that encourage users to respect local residents and workers by following social distancing guidelines and consider using alternative routes that do not pass through gardens, farmyards or schools
Offering an alternative route around gardens and farmyards only where it is safe to do so (you must gain permission from relevant landowners and make sure the route is safe for users and livestock) provided that the original right of way is maintained
These walks are clearly waymarked and take in local heritage features such as rivers, hills and sites of historic interest. You can download the leaflet below which details features such as gradients, stiles and surface types. Most of these walks are served by public transport, for more information visit our
bus service page.
Walks range in distance from 2 to 10 miles:
Brian Hatton trail was devised in 2016 by Robin Thorndyke to mark the centenary of Herefordshire artist Brian Hatton's death. It is a figure of eight trail which is a 5 mile route in Breinton.
If you experience any problems with the paths on a circular walk in Herefordshire, please collect some details such as location, type of problem and, if possible, take a photo and report it to us:
Report a public right of way problem