Policy, Responsibilities, Guidance and planning your visit

The Countryside Access Team promotes responsible use by the public when exercising their rights and works wherever possible with landowners to ensure compliance with maintaining the network and in delivering improvements.

The following documents have been developed to assist all those involved with public paths. Countryside Access Furniture Guide.

Countryside Access Biodiversity Guide.

Countryside Access Policy, Protocol and Operational Management Report

Visit Monmouthshire details the walks, rides and events that are available, along with accommodation and other attractions.

Enjoy our countryside, safely, be adventure smart and plan your visit.

To find out where you can go use our interactive maps and see all our promoted routes here. Please also follow this guidance:

  • Always observe social distancing
  • Be vigilant with hand washing and hygiene
  • Stay at home if you or anyone you live with has Coronavirus Symptoms
  • Please be respectful of other people’s space and wait at a safe distance in places such as bridges, kissing gates, or steps, until it is safe for you to continue on your walk;
  • Please do not leave litter – be prepared to take your rubbish home with you to recycle or dispose of it.
  • Be a responsible dog owner by 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
  • Don’t 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. 

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

Be Adventure Smart –

  • Enjoy active outdoor recreation while practising good social distancing at all times
  • Do not travel to popular tourist areas and reduce the risk of groups gathering in one place
  • Stay close to home – consider low risk, familiar activities in local areas, such as a local walk or run
  • Avoid public transport and social gatherings – keep active by travelling on foot or bike

Ask yourself 3 questions before you set off:

  • Do I have the right GEAR?
  • Do I know what the WEATHER will be like?
  • Am I confident I have the KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS for the day?

For further information and guidance on safe active outdoor recreation, visit the AdventureSmart website.