Alongside Government protocols and public health guidelines, here are some tips to help us all to make our trips to the outside a safe and healthy one.
Stay Active and Share the Space.
No BBQs for now.
- Be especially mindful of not gathering or lingering around key points such as car parks, bridges, gates, information points, summits or for photos.
- Bar-b-ques take time, can be a fire risk and are challenging to clear up after – please have them at home but not in outdoor recreation spaces for now. Keep apart, observe socially distancing.
- Consider the use of face masks in more frequently used areas such as car parks.
Choose a quiet location.
Choose a quiet time.
Be considerate of other users – consider how long you stay at a site.
- Avoid popular honey pot sites - if there are lots of people it will be more difficult to stay 2 metres apart from others and observe social distancing.
Respect staff and volunteers.
- Staff, volunteers and signage are there to help to keep everyone safe and healthy – please follow their instruction.
Don’t risk injury – protect the NHS and emergency services.
- Choose familiar locations.
- Choose a safer activity.
- Choose an activity within your existing skills and experience level. Stick to low risk routes that you are familiar and comfortable with.
Check the site and facilities you need (such as car parks and toilets) are open before you leave home.
- Plan your day around your needs and what will be available
- You can travel for outdoor recreation, but consider if you need to currently until all the services you need are open again - are car parks, toilets, baby changing, playgrounds and other facilities open?
Have a back-up plan if the venue is full when you reach it.
- The car park may be full.
- Please do not park outside of designated parking spaces or on verges or gateways.
- If the site is very busy, social distancing may be difficult and it would be wise to consider alternative venues.
Keep the roads clear - don’t park at gates or on verges.
- Make sure the Emergency Services, local farmers or local residents will be able to pass by and to access fields, forests, or houses. If a car park is full, go somewhere else.
Please take your rubbish home.
- You can help everyone by taking your own litter home with you, especially at a time when staff and volunteers may be deployed elsewhere on site or reduced in numbers due to shielding.
Respect farm animals and wildlife.
- Leave gates as you found them.
- Wildlife may have got used to you not being there and nested somewhere close by – please give nature some space to flourish.
If visiting with your dog please consider others.
- Prevent your dog from approaching other people and their dogs, cyclists, livestock and wildlife.
- It is difficult to retrieve a dog while observing social distancing.
- Never let your dog worry or attack farm animals.
- Wildlife may have nested closer to paths while no-one was visiting – please give it a wide berth.
Clean your hands before and after your visit.
- Continue to follow public health guidelines on handwashing.
- Remember hand hygiene if you touch any surfaces.
- Toilets and facilities may not be open. Consider this in your planning and make alternative arrangements for your own provisions as required.
Please enjoy a healthy and safe visit to our outdoors.
If planning a visit to the coast then check the weather forecast, tide times, follow safety advice, keep a close eye on your family and don’t use inflatables.
Many Governing Bodies of Sport have produced Guidance for their own sport – have a look at the more detailed guidance relating to your chosen activity.
For up to date information on National Trust locations please visit their website.
For the latest guidance on outdoor recreation please visit here.
Stay Safe - Leave No Trace - Love the Place