Following the government announcement of a third national lockdown in England, we are aware that the Surrey Hills may become very busy during the coming months. The stunning landscape, breathtaking views and calm and tranquility of the Surrey Hills proved very popular during previous lockdowns with people flocking to the AONB for their daily exercise.
We want to highlight this is not the time to travel to visit the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Over the coming months we hope to welcome everyone back with open arms, but until then we encourage you to access the countryside greenspaces closer to home and observe social distancing measures to help restrict the spread of the virus and ensure the countryside is a safe place for all.
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 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.
- We encourage you to use countryside sites close to your home rather than travelling into the Surrey Hills. Over the coming weeks and months we will see carparks and facilities gradually re-open and we urge you to check before you travel that car parks are open and would advise you away from the more well-known sites which may become congested and therefore difficult to socially distance.
- Please continue to follow social distancing measures. Always follow hand washing guidance and strict social distancing of 2m 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.
We have created a poster in partnership with other organisations to help spread the word about how to access the Surrey Hills during this time. Please download and display our respect the Surrey Hills Poster where appropriate:
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.