Our forests will remain open for outdoor recreation and exercise. For our coronavirus guidance please follow this link - view now
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Coronavirus visitor guide

The nation’s forests are open for outdoor recreation and exercise

We should all be trying to reduce how much and how far we travel. Please plan your visit and follow the latest national restrictions for travel, outdoor spaces and meeting people from outside your household. 

You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.  

To help plan your visit, please read our guidance below.  You can find your local forest on our visit page. 

1. Keeping you safe 

  • We are managing our car parks and cleaning toilets and touchpoints in line with Government guidelines.
  • We are continuing to manage our trails to our high safety standards.
  • In many forests you can pay to park without cash, including membership which you can also buy online before you come.
  • Where they are open, our cafes and food outlets are following the latest Government coronavirus guidelines and are offering takeaways only. 
Autumn colour in a mature beech wood
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2. Planning your visit

Please follow these important points before you visit:

  • Reduce the number of journeys you make and how far you travel. Spending time outdoors should be done locally.
  • Only come with the people you live with, your support bubble, ormeet oneperson from another household.
  • Please be aware that we may have to close car parks if they are too busy. We know this is frustrating, but please be prepared to return home and come another time.
  • Some facilities will be closed. Please  look at our individual forest pages before you travel, to check whats available.
  • There may be fewer pay machines and a queue to pay. Why notmake things easier and help support your local forest by becoming a member? You canbuy membership in advance online.
  • Trails may be different. Follow any new, temporary signs. Please keep an eye out for these - they are there to help keep you safe.
  • Dress for the outdoors and wear suitable footwear and a helmet when cycling.
  • Please follow our Forest Code to help you enjoy the forest responsibly. 

3. Working together for a relaxing visit

We want everyone to enjoy the forests. You can help by:

  • Bringing your own face covering and hand sanitiser.
  • Parking legally and responsibly. Keep highways and gateways clear and leave plenty of room for others to pass safely.
  • Following social distancing guidelines, keeping a safe distance of two metres or more between yourself and other visitors where possible.
  • Putting your litter in a bin or taking it home with you, so the forest remains litter-free for everyone - including wildlife.
  • Taking it easy. Don’t take unnecessary risks.
  • Being kind and patient – any changes are here to help keep you and others safe. 

More information

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