Please respect other people and protect the natural environment
Be aware that visitor attractions, wildlife reserves and other sites, car parks, public toilets, and other facilities may be closed at present, so make sure you check the details online before you set off – you can find website links for the places to see in the Blackdown Hills AONB here.
Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods. Take the time to read signage. Respect the measures that local authorities and site management have put in place to help ensure social distancing.
Walks and rides – please follow Government guidance on accessing green spaces safely and follow the Countryside Code.
If you’re driving, please take exceptional care. Many walkers are currently using the roads now as it is easier to maintain physical distancing than on some of the narrow footpaths. There are also more cyclists on the road. Blackdown Hills roads are generally narrow and winding, with very high hedges limiting visibility.
For those of you who are staying safe at home, why not take some time to explore our website and discover what makes the Blackdown Hills AONB so special.
Those of you who are choosing to venture out into the Blackdown Hills AONB, please be aware that wildlife may have moved into areas where it hasn’t previously been found, including nesting birds. Land managers may have taken action to provide extra protection of wildlife. Be vigilant and comply with these protective measures to ensure you do not disrupt the local wildlife.
Please follow the Countryside Code
- leaving no trace of your visit and taking all of your litter home
- not using barbecues or lanterns as they risk causing wildfires
- keeping dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals and in places where there may be ground-nesting birds
- leaving gates as you find them and following instructions on signs
- keeping to footpaths and following signs where they suggest alternative routes
We thank you for helping us to take good care of the natural environment of this beautiful area, and respecting our local communities and others accessing the area.