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
Choose how you move
Choose how you move aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve quality of life by promoting and supporting increased walking, cycling, bus travel and car-sharing. Choose how you move is funded by the Department for Transport.
If you would like help to start cycling or to walk more, we offer free
cycle lessons, led rides and Nordic walking.
Whether you want to commute to work or enjoy a leisurely scenic ride, we offer a number of
cycle routes around the county, as well as network routes passing through the area.
Park and Cycle and rail and cycle facilities for those who live further afield but would still like to cycle their daily commute. We also work with businesses on travel planning to help provide suitable facilities for cyclists and help employees plan their journey.