IMPORTANT COVID-19: All National Trail users need to ensure they are following the latest government rules and guidance

You should read the full advice and restrictions for England, Wales and Scotland before enjoying the outdoors

Important: All National Trail users need to ensure they are following the latest Government rules and guidance. The relevant links are provided below.

Exercise and enjoying the outdoors are important for health and wellbeing, but please follow guidance to stay safe and protect others.

Measures in Wales are different from those in England, please read the Welsh and English Governments up to date guidance.
Welsh Government have announced that, from 17 May 2021, the whole of Wales will be at Covid-19 alert level 2, see more information on this level here. In Wales, from the 17 May 2021, further changes of the rules on what you can and cannot do came into effect, including the re-opening of indoor hospitality, allowing 6 people from up to 6 households (not including children under 11) to book a table. The following changes have also been implemented:
  • All holiday accommodation can re-open fully.
  • Entertainment venues, including cinemas, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor-play areas, casinos, amusement arcades, and theatres can re-open.
  • Indoor visitor attractions, including museums and galleries can re-open.
  • Up to 30 people can take part in organised indoor activities and up to 50 people in organised outdoor activities. This includes wedding receptions and wakes.
  • International travel will resume.
Read the full up-to-date rules effective in Wales here.

Measures in Scotland are different from those in England; please read the relevant country’s up-to-date guidance.  Travel is allowed both within Scotland and between Scotland and England with the exception of some areas of Scotland.  Tourist accommodation in Scotland can open.  Read the full up-to-date rules effective in Scotland here.

In England, from the 17th May 2021, further changes of the rules on what you can and cannot do came into effect, including the re-opening of indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes and all holiday accommodation opening for groups of up to 6 people or 2 households. However, you are encouraged to exercise caution when with anyone you don’t live with and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe. Read the full up-to-date rules effective in England here. Those relevant to visiting green space include you:
  • should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19
  • should follow this guidance in full to limit the transmission of COVID-19. It is underpinned by law
  • should plan your journey in advance and travel safely where possible
  • can meet outdoors, in a group of up to 30 people
  • can take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people
  • follow new guidance on meeting friends and family which emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
  • should read the full advice and regulations for England here before exercising outdoors
Relevant advice when using National Trails in England:
  • Wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
  • Take hand sanitiser with you in case there are no handwashing facilities.
  • Follow the Countryside Code.
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space.
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do.
  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit.
  • Take care with BBQs and do not light fires.
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight.
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do.
  • Leave gates and property as you find them.
  • Do not to feed livestock, horses or wild animals.
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available.
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance.
  • Check your route and local conditions.
  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside.
  • Remember to follow social distancing measures and stay safe.
Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space’
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus