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 relevant country’s up-to-date guidance.
Welsh Government have announced that, from 27 March, the stay local restrictions will be lifted. 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 to or from Scotland without a reasonable excuse is currently prohibited, and accommodation providers are not open. These measures may change on the 26th April.

In England, from the 12th April, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed, including outdoor hospitality venues can re-open, with table service only and self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble.
However, many restrictions remain in place. 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 minimise the amount that you travel where possible.
  • can meet outdoors, either in a group of 6 (from any number of households,) or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)
  • can take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people
  • should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.
  • must not go out for exercise if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • 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’