Covid 19 Update, May 2020


From 13th May 2020, the Government has updated guidance to allow people to spend more time outdoors in England while maintaining social distancing, under the overall message of Stay Alert – Control the Virus – Save Lives.  Exercising outdoors and being in nature has great benefits to people’s wellbeing, but we ask visitors to respect the environment and other people’s needs.

You are now allowed to drive to visit the Shropshire Hills, but please be aware that normal facilities are not all available, and some popular sites will still have restrictions.  The needs of social distancing and of vulnerable and working people in rural communities means that extra care and consideration are needed on your visit.

When spending time outdoors in the Shropshire Hills please ensure you follow Government guidelines and the Countryside Code. 

  • Guidance to accessing greenspace - this sets out the key principles of enjoying the benefits of being outside, while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus.
  • Guidance on spending time outdoors - people in England can spend more time outdoors and enjoy a wider range of activities, subject to social distancing rules.
  • The Countryside Code - please respect the local community and protect the natural environment.  Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.


Tread carefully when visiting...

Some of our Public Rights of Way pass through residential properties and/or working farms.  Please follow local guidance where posters have been displayed, including where temporary alternatives have been made available. Otherwise, keep to the line of the Public Right of Way, avoid approaching buildings off the line of the Public Right of Way and do not approach farm animals or pets belonging to those properties. For more details please see poster.

Local visitor facilities such as car parks and public toilets, cafes and information centres are not all open. Please be mindful of this, and plan any visit carefully, so as not to impact local services and resources. As services and shops begin to open their doors, we will share this information here.  Click on the links below for information on the following sites:

Please note that the Welsh Government Guidance remains to 'Stay at Home', and you are unable to travel across the border from England to take exercise in Wales.


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