Follow social distancing
Always follow hand washing guidance and strict social distancing two metres apart from others who are not in your household. Social distancing applies to any form of exercise such as walking, running or cycling or sitting. Where possible, please try to avoid busy or narrow footpaths where social distancing is difficult.
Please stay local and avoid known hotspots because if sites become crowded it will be impossible to safely socially distance. If you arrive at a site that is already busy, we encourage you to find an alternative or head home.
Take extra care on the coast
Please take extra care if visiting coasts or beaches and note there may not be an RNLI lifeguard. Please always follow RNLI guidance on coastal safety:
- Check tide times and the weather forecast before you travel
- Take care near cliffs - know your route and your limitations
- Have a plan - check the weather forecast and tide times
- If you fall into the water unexpectedly, float to live. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float
- If boating, ensure your equipment is functioning and maintained
- In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
Please also note that beach toilets and changing facilities may be closed.
If you can, travel by foot or bike, while maintaining social distancing. This means you’ll have a chance to experience our wonderful AONB as you travel, and you won’t have to worry about finding a car parking space.
Support our rural communities and farmers
The Kent Downs AONB is nearly 70% farmland and there is concern amongst some farmers about the potential of transmission of the virus, for example from use of gates, people not physically distancing, people getting lost. Support farmers and our communities by sticking to the path, keeping dogs on the lead around livestock, not picnicing on private land and taking your litter home.
Many rural businesses are now open for takeaways and online deliveries and we encourage you to shop with them. Visit Produced in Kent for a range of wonderful local producers and businesses delivering local produce and services and follow #helpkentbuylocal for updates.
Tag us in your photos @KentDownsAONB and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and the hashtags #kentdownsaonb #kentdowns. We'd love to see your photos and we'll be sharing photos of the landscape you love – the wildlife, the trees, the views, the cliffs, the rivers, the wildflowers and more.
In accordance with latest Government guidance the Kent Downs AONB team are working remotely and will not be available on our usual office number. If you would like to contact us please email the relevant team member directly. Alternatively, email us email@example.com and we will respond to you as soon as we are able.