With lockdown eased, you’ll be keen to get outside and blow away the cobwebs.
Our number one priority right now is ensuring that people are able to enjoy our region in a safe and responsible way; looking after ourselves, one another, and the landscape around us.
With over 12,500 km², encompassing gentle footpaths, stunning coastal views, and exciting cycle trails, there’s more than enough of the East of England to go around. So, help everyone to enjoy a little slice of our beautiful region safely by following the simple steps below…
Respect the wildlife. Nature may have recolonised some areas, so please tread carefully and look out for wildlife that has moved into unexpected places during lockdown. Please keep your dog on the lead and stick to footpaths and bridleways so as not to disturb ground nesting birds and other wildlife.
Respect our local communities by sticking to the Public Right of Way (footpaths and bridleways), keeping dogs on the lead, not picnicking on private land, not parking outside people’s houses, and taking your litter home.
Respect any specific guidelines that have been put in place by our friends and partners across the county, by planning ahead before travelling, and checking what facilities are open to you (Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust, Broads Authority, National Trust, English Heritage, RSPB, RNLI, Natural England, North Norfolk Coast AONB, WWT Welney, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Suffolk Coast AONB and Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Protect yourself and others. Always follow hand washing guidance, and strict social distancing of 2 meters apart from others who are not in your household.
Social distancing not only applies to any form of exercise such as walking, running or cycling but also sitting or sunbathing.
Protect the landscape by ensuring you are following the Countryside Code, which sets out how visitors to rural areas can behave safely and responsibly. Take a look at the following video with an updated Countryside Code, produced by Natural England.
Protect the environment by travelling sustainably and staying local. If you can, try to journey by foot or bike. This means you’ll have a chance to experience our wonderful county as you travel, and you won’t have to worry about finding a car parking space.
Enjoy getting off the beaten track. We know everyone has their favourite spot in the East of England – or maybe their favourite two, or three – but if large numbers of people head to the same place, it becomes impossible to stay safely socially distanced. Instead, seek out some new favourites away from the crowds.
Enjoy our beautiful beaches safely, by following the important advice issued by the RNLI. Please be aware that the usual life guard service may not currently be in place.
Enjoy supporting our local businesses.
And finally… when you’re out and about, enjoy taking photos of your surroundings and sharing them with us @Eastenglanduk. We’d love to see them, and share them with others!
If you are holding off from getting outside for now, or are self isolating and unable to leave your home, you can enjoy and experience the very best of the region from your armchair on the You Tube channels of VisitNorfolk and Visit Suffolk.
Follow the rules, and you’re very welcome to visit the East of England (at last!). We can’t wait to see you.
Please stay safe.