Updated Countryside Code during the Covid-19 pandemic

Since the lockdown, walking has became a really good way of doing some extra exercise. Unfortunately, this has put more pressure on our countryside as more and more people have been out and about. To make sure that people stay safe, the Government has updated the Countryside Code during the Covid-19 pandemic.

These are the new instructions:

stencil about social distance stay 2m apart

Keeping social distances when walking

Respect other people

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
  • Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways is clear
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Follow paths but give way to others where it’s narrow

Protect the natural environment

  • Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home
  • Don’t have BBQs or fires
  • Keep dogs under effective control
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it

Enjoy the outdoors

  • Plan ahead, check what facilities are open, be prepared
  • Follow advice and local signs and obey social distancing measures

In recent weeks, we have seen many sights of disturbing behaviours and many local beauty spots such as the Goitstock Waterfall were literally trashed. It is really infuriating to see so much disregard for the environment and the local people living there. Unfortunately our Council is understaffed at the moment and needs to deal with these situations in a cautious manner making things even harder to clear up.

Goitstock Waterfall Trashed

Disgraceful behaviour at Goitstock Waterfall

Download the poster

Click on the image below to download the updated Covid-19 Countryside Code in a A4 format – PDF file

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Dowload the updated covid-19 Countryside Code poster - PDF A4 format

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