Following the government announcement of a four-week lockdown in England, we are aware that the Surrey Hills may become very busy during the coming month. We’ve set out some simple steps for accessing the Surrey Hills AONB safely and encourage you to also check guidance from organisations managing sites within the AONB.
Please be aware that the countryside is experiencing high numbers of visitors and make sure you keep up to date with the latest Government coronavirus guidance on visiting green spaces.
Key guidance points for accessing the Surrey Hills;
• Keeping yourself and others safe is paramount and we encourage you to adhere to guidance set out by DEFRA in their Countryside Code.
- Make sure you plan ahead before you travel. Please don’t make any assumptions about what will be open and check with the organisation managing the site before travelling, for example a car park may be open but the toilets may not be. You will need a ticket and allocated slot to visit some sites so check before you go. If car parks are closed, please do not park outside people’s houses or block roads.
- Please continue to follow social distancing measures. Always follow hand washing guidance and strict social distancing of 1m apart from others who are not in your household. Social distancing applies to any form of exercise such as walking, running or cycling or sitting or sunbathing. Where possible, please try to avoid busy or narrow footpaths where social distancing is difficult. Please try and avoid known hotspots because if sites become crowded it will be impossible to safely socially distance. If you arrive at a site that is already busy, we encourage you to find an alternative or head home.
• Please be aware that our local farms are under great seasonal pressures during this time and we would encourage you to respect their needs by keeping dogs on leads and follow all designated foot paths and bridleways to keep yourselves and farm animals safe.
• During the lockdown period, nature has had an opportunity to thrive and we ask you to look after nature by being extra cautious. Please stick to footpaths and bridleways so as not to disturb ground nesting birds and other wildlife.
• We encourage you to continue supporting local during this time of transition and want to highlight all the wonderful products and services available on our doorstep in the Surrey Hills. Take a look at our list of businesses offering home deliveries, online support and services, gifts and inspiration.
Thank you for respecting the Surrey Hills.
If you would like to contact us please us our contact us form with your enquiry and we will respond to you as soon as we are able.