Hampshire’s countryside is open to enjoy this Easter, but visitors urged to stay safe and sensible

With COVID-19 restrictions beginning to ease in the coming weeks, Hampshire County Council is urging people to follow the rules and respect the countryside as sites get busier over the Easter holidays

Hampshire County Council’s Director of Culture, Communities and Business Services, Felicity Roe, said: “With COVID-19 restrictions easing in line with the Government’s roadmap, and many people due to have a break over the Easter holidays, we know that our countryside sites are set to get busier.  

“With greater freedom to travel and to meet up with others, we are asking people to take the next step safely, reminding everyone to stick to the rules when visiting Hampshire’s beautiful outdoor attractions and local rights of ways.

We expect popular sites to get busy, so please remember to stay socially distanced where necessary and follow the countryside code.

This includes staying on marked paths, leaving no trace of your visit and taking litter home. If it’s busy when you arrive, please also consider coming back at another time.” 

Hampshire County Council manages 80 countryside sites and 3,000 miles of public rights of way. Visitors to the countryside whilst COVID-19 restrictions remain in place should: 

Always follow the Government’s latest COVID-19 guidance including on social distancing;

– Avoid touching gates and railings where possible;

– Leave gates as you find them; 

– Wash your hands as soon as you get back; 

– Keep your dog on a lead to help maintain your 2 metre distance from others; 

– On narrow paths, make other people aware of your presence, find a wide place to pass, and wait if you need to; 

– This also applies to runners and cyclists, who should take particular care to distance, as they move faster. 

Hampshire’s county parks are open with normal opening hours and parking charges in place. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is open for members and non-members with pre-booked tickets.  

Manor Farm, Staunton Farm and Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve are currently closed but are now taking pre-bookings for visits from members and non-members starting from 12 April in line with the Government’s proposed roadmap.   

To find out more, visit: Enjoy Hampshire’s countryside | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)