If the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns taught us one thing it’s how much we appreciate being outside on our stunning coast and in our rolling countryside.
Of course we want people to enjoy our gorgeous county, but we want everyone to do it in a safe and responsible way, looking after ourselves, one another, and the landscape around us.
With over 5,371 km², encompassing gentle footpaths, stunning coastal views, and exciting cycle trails, there’s more than enough Norfolk to go around. So, help everyone to enjoy a little slice of our beautiful county 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. Please keep your dog on the lead where required 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), 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.
Protect yourself and others. If social distancing is still in place then it not only applies to any form of exercise such as walking, running or cycling but also sitting or sunbathing.
Please wear face masks inside if you are asked to by shop owners or at attractions.
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 Norfolk – 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.
And finally… when you’re out and about, enjoy taking photos of your surroundings and sharing them with us @VisitNorfolk. We’d love to see them, and share them with others!
And if you’re still planning to visit Norfolk, you can enjoy and experience the very best of Norfolk from your armchair on our YouTube channel.
Please stay safe.