Cromer beach

respect, protect and enjoy north Norfolk

During the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, everyone's health and safety is our main focus. So why not plan a visit from 4 July onwards, when many of our accommodation and hospitality businesses can open again.

There are many outdoor attractions now open providing safe and fun days out.

In the meantime, in light of the new and updated government guidance bringing wider access to outdoor spaces, anyone considering future day trips and overnight stays when permitted from 4 July, we are asking people to please plan ahead carefully.

Our number one priority right now is ensuring that people are able to enjoy our glorious county in a safe and responsible way; looking after ourselves, one another, and the landscape around us.

With around 1,000 km² of beautiful coastline and countryside with lots of walking and cycling trails as well as the Deep History Coast, there's plenty of space in north Norfolk to go around. So, to help keep visitors and residents safe, please follow the simple guidelines below. 

GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON ACCESS TO GREEN SPACES

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND ADVICE

RESPECT NORTH NORFOLK

Respect the landscape, nature and wildlife. As human footfall has decreased during lockdown, nature has recolonised in some areas which are not usually inhabited, so please tread carefully and look out for wildlife that has moved into places, not usually inhabited. At breeding times, animals, birds and their young are particularly vulnerable. Bird breeding season is the beginning of March to the end of August. Bird wintering season is the beginning of November to the end of March. Common seal breeding season is the beginning of June to the end of August.

Dogs need to remain on leads and stay on footpaths and bridleways to avoid disturbing ground nesting birds and other wildlife. Do not stray from cordoned areas and only light fires and BBQs in designated places.

Respect local communities in north Norfolk by adhering to the Public Right of Way (footpaths and bridleways), keeping dogs under control on leads, please do not use private land for recreational activity such as picncs, and do not park outside people’s houses. Also please take any litter home.

Respect any specific guidelines that have been put in place by our partners across the county, by planning ahead before travelling, avoid going during peak times and checking what facilities are open or need to be pre-booked (Holkham and Wells beaches and car parks, Woodland Trust, Broads Authority, National Trust, English Heritage, RSPB, RNLI, Natural England, Norfolk Coast AONB and Norfolk Wildlife Trust). You can find out tide times here

Check North Norfolk District Council's website to find out which car parks are open.

Holt Country Park

PROTECT NORTH NORFOLK

Protect yourself and others. Always follow hand washing guidance (it is advisable to also bring your own hygiene products such as hand sanitisers) and adhere to strict social distancing of two 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. 

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.

Norfolk Coast Path

ENJOY NORTH NORFOLK

Enjoy the space. We know everyone has their favourite spots in north Norfolk 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. If you arrive and it looks busy, it means it will be too crowded to enjoy and be safe.

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 local businesses. Many north Norfolk businesses will soon be open and many already are online, and we really encourage you to shop with them.

If you are holding off from getting outside for now, or are self isolating and unable to leave your home, you can enjoy a viritual visit here.

Walking between Sheringham and Weybourne