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National lockdown: Stay at home

List of parks, picnic areas and greenways

Coronavirus - latest guidance 

National lockdown - stay at home

From 5 January, you should minimise time spent outside your home. It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. You can travel a short distance in your local area to access green space.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household - meaning the people you live with - or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).

Please note: Car parks on our country parks and countryside sites remain open. Some facilities may not be available. We are trying to keep toilets open where possible, though service may be impacted by staff availability. Toilets at Deep Hayes are currently closed. Cafes at Cannock Chase and Chasewater remain open for take away service. Visitor Centres will be closed and play areas will remain closed. Sites may still be busy - please park carefully to avoid blocking access for emergency vehicles and rangers and do not park on verges. 

Guidance

For everyone’s safety, please follow the guidance to help control the virus

Please follow these steps: 

  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • We should all be staying at home as much as possible.
  • You can exercise once a day – note that you cannot leave home for recreation or leisure (e.g. picnics, social meetings).
  • Follow social distancing guidelines when meeting with anyone from outside your household.
  • You can exercise on your own, with people you live with, with your support bubble, in a childcare bubble or when on your own with one person from another household (with social distancing).
  • You can travel to exercise outdoors but only within your local area.
  • You shouldn’t travel with someone from outside your household or bubble unless you can practise social distancing - for example by cycling.
  • Keep the recommended distance if you encounter other users, staff or landowners - 2 metres (6 feet) apart.
  • Please leave gates on rights of way as you find them - some landowners may tie gates open at this time to avoid the need for path users to touch the gate.
  • On rights of way, consider using any alternative routes suggested that enable you to avoid going near houses and working farm or stable areas.
  • Follow the Countryside Code.
  • You may want to wear gloves to prevent infection when using gates and stiles.
  • Wash your hands when you return home.

Please help us to keep the sites safe, usable and wildlife friendly: 

  • Taking your litter home so our staff can focus on critical operations
  • Stay on paths and keep dogs on leads 

Guidance for landowners of rights of way is on the rights of way coronavirus page. 

Please note that our Rangers and Rights of Way staff are focusing on essential duties, so may not be able to respond to other matters at this time.

 


 

Our country parks and picnic areas are great places to take a walk, enjoy nature or get active. Select the links below to find out more about the sites.

Cannock

East Staffordshire

Lichfield

Newcastle

Stafford

Staffordshire Moorlands

  • Consall Nature Park
     
  • Deep Hayes Country Park (Please note that due to recent extreme weather there has been some flooding on site; the unsurfaced paths are extremely wet and muddy and are not advisable for children, or adults without appropriate footware. Toilets are currently closed due to staff availability.)

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