Respect, Protect, Enjoy: the Norfolk Countryside

Respect, Protect, Enjoy: Norwich &  Norfolk Countryside

As we can now adventure further afield, it’s important to make sure we enjoy Norwich and Norfolk safely and responsibly. By looking after each other, and the landscape, we can keep the county and its visitors in tip top condition.

Exploring Norwich and Norfolk is always a treat! Whether you choose a walk across the city, a stroll through the woods, a boat on the broads, cycling across the county, or heading to the coast, you’re sure to be enchanted by our beautiful county.

We’re following a few simple steps, and we’d love you to do the same. It’s worth also reading  our guidance on Know Before You Go.

Respect Norfolk

Whilst we’ve been inside, nature has been thriving. Things might have changed since you last visited, so it’s important to do some research before you travel, and keep an eye on your surroundings.

Respect the nature, particularly wildlife and farm animals. Please watch out for animals and birds, and do not disturb any creatures you might discover. Remember to stick to footpaths and bridleways, and other Public Right of Ways. Whilst a field or wood might look empty, animals may be nesting, or crops might be growing.

Respect local communities. Keep dogs on a lead, and remember to bag and bin any mess they might leave behind. Don’t park outside people’s homes, or block routes and small country roads. If you stop for a picnic, make sure you don’t end up on private land, and remember to take any rubbish home.

Check for any specific guidelines, and follow any local rules or signage. Plan ahead with Know Before You Go, and check which facilities are open (like toilets, cafes and car parks). 

Protect Norfolk

Protect the countryside by respecting it. Protect yourself and others by following the latest guidance. Make sure you observe social distancing with those who aren’t in your household, and wash your hands regularly. Bring a facemask with you, in case you decide to pop into a shop, and make sure to wear one if travelling by public transport. You might also want to bring hand sanitiser, so you can keep clean on the go.

Protect the landscape by following the Countryside Code. If you’re not sure about a route, trace your steps to find the beaten path. Please do not use a disposable barbecue, as they risk causing wildfires. Please take your rubbish home.

Protect the environment by following all the guidance, and travelling sustainably if you can. You might be surprised by what’s on your doorstep – why not try cycling or walking to experience the countryside closer to home.

Enjoy Norfolk

Make the most of our beautiful county! There is so much to explore, so why not find a new favourite spot? With miles of countryside and coast, there’s plenty to choose from.

If you find that your destination looks busy, that the carpark is full, or there are queues approaching it, please venture a little further. You might discover a gorgeous new place, and you’ll find it much easier to maintain social distancing.

If you’re planning on swimming in the sea, please follow guidance issued by the RNLI. Remember, the normal lifeguard service might not be in place. If you’re a wild swimmer, please follow all the safety guidance.

Enjoy the best of independent Norfolk! Now, more than ever, local businesses need your support, so if you have time to stop in farmshops, PYO, craft fairs, or anywhere that takes your fancy, please help support our local economy. We’re better together.

If you are shopping, please remember your card, and facemask!

And, last but not least, please let us know where you’ve gone and share your tips with your friends and family! Tag us on instagram @visitnorwich

Take a look at websites like this for more information:

Broads Authority
English Heritage
Forestry England
National Trust
Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Norfolk Coast Partnership
Woodland Trust