Out and About Essentials

COVID-19 and Rights of Way

updated May 12th

The public rights of way network and our open Access Land remains open. We ask that all members of the public follow the requirements for social distancing:

  • Ensure you keep at least 2 metres away from other people
  • Try to avoid touching shared surfaces, such as gates and stiles, and sanitise hands regularly
  • Keep dogs under effective control near livestock and away from other people/dogs
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • Avoid farms and homes where possible
  • Avoid busy places where it is harder to keep your distance

Please take note of local signage and follow the advice which is in place to protect you and others.

Please note that the law does not currently allow us to close any part of the public rights of way network for COVID-19 reasons.

If you have public rights of way or permitted paths close to your home or farm, you can download our poster to display 

All informal consultations for public rights of way and the making of public path orders are suspended until further notice.

Our Ranger Team capacity is limited at this time we are only able to inspect high priority issues.  If you come across an issue on the access network please log it at Explore Somerset or email us at or call 01398 323665


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