Coronavirus and the countryside

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Any information on this page is correct at the date and time of writing.

Footpaths and Rights of Way

Please use the following guidance from Defra in order to stay safe when out in the British countryside:

  • Stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.
  • Keep more than 1 metre apart from anyone outside your household at all times.
  • If you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air.
  • Take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
  • If walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should walk your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely keep more than 1 metre away from others. You can find further guidance for pet owners here.

If you are out in the British countryside, given the current climate, it is more important than ever to stick to the Countryside Code. Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home, keep dogs under effective control and leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.

You can find out more about the Countryside Code by clicking here.

Click on the image below to download our free social media poster on enjoying the countryside during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Last edited: 12 August 2020 at 09:59

Have your say

Lynda Gripton - 19/07/2020 13:29:53

NEVER buy anything from the U.S.A, everything must be properly labeled so that we know, not holding my breath though!!

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