Monmouthshire’s Countryside Access Network Covid Information

Stay Active, Stay Local, Stay Safe

At alert level 4, you can only leave home if you have a “reasonable excuse”. Exercise such as walking is considered to be a reasonable excuse for leaving home.  This must be undertaken, alone or with members of your household, or support bubble. It must be done locally unless there is a reason, such as a specific health condition or mobility issue, that would require driving to the nearest convenient, accessible location.

To help you and others have a safe and enjoyable visit to our countryside sites, or using public rights of way, please remember this guidance and follow the rules below. Note failure to comply with the first two may result in you being given a fixed penalty notice or criminal prosecution.

  • Stay at home if you or anyone you live with has Coronavirus Symptoms, this includes if you have been contacted by NHS Wales Test, Trace and Protect and told to self- isolate;
  • Walk from home, do not travel to take exercise unless you have a reasonable excuse;
  • Always observe social distancing;
  • Be vigilant with hand washing and hygiene;
  • Please be respectful of other people’s space and wait at a safe distance in places such bridges, kissing gates, or steps, until it is safe for you to continue on your walk;
  • Please do not leave litter and be a responsible dog owner following the Dog Walking Code
  • If our car parks are full or busy please come back another time and do not park on access roads or surrounding roads;
  • Please do not linger in car parks so that others can safely come and go.

Many footpaths and bridleways cross private land and in some cases working farms are close to private homes.  Please keep to the paths, follow the countryside code, keep your distance from landowners and continue to follow the restrictions and measures in place to protect you and others. 

Thank you for following these rules

By virtue of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 the following restricted byways are closed, from April 2020, until further notice:-

Restricted Byways 20 & 21 Monmouth

All of our countryside car parks and sites are now open

All closures are kept under weekly review and any amendments will appear here.

Closures on paths due to flooding, dangerous bridges etc. can be found here.

For information on where to walk, or to report issues, please use our Countryside Access Map information on locally promoted routes can be found on Visit Monmouthshire.