Enjoy the great outdoors

Just Regional
Jun 5, 2020 3 mins read

Getting out and about in the fresh air is important for physical and mental wellbeing and tomorrow we are all being urged to celebrate the great outdoors.

June 6 is International Trails Day, and Norfolk County Council is shining a spotlight on the county’s “inspiring and breath-taking” trail network, which can be accessed without the need to travel too far and has walks, cycle routes and bridleways of varying lengths as well as geocaching and trekker trails, too.

All in all, the county boasts more than 1,500 miles of trails – both inland and at the coast.

Andrew Jamieson, member champion for walking and cycling said: “We are living in unprecedented times and the coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all. Finding ways to be outdoors safely, to enjoy nature and take exercise has never been more important.

“The trails around Norfolk are a wonderful network to explore and enjoy and you needn’t to travel far to access them.  With stunning scenery, captivating wildlife and over 1,500 miles of trails to enjoy, we hope that there’s something for everyone in Norfolk. Why not make 2020 the year to discover your local trails?”

But anyone using the trails should treat them with respect, taking litter home and not doing anything that puts the countryside at risk. In recent weeks, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has attended an increased number of wildfires, many of which have been caused by irresponsible use of disposable barbecues and carelessly discarded cigarettes.

“Our trails are a wonderful option for the public to get out and about at present, but we would urge everyone to take extra care to help reduce the risk of fires, said Stuart Ruff, Norfolk’s Chief Fire Officer.

“We would ask people to stop using disposable barbecues in our countryside and to please ensure that access for emergency vehicles is kept clear at all times.”

To find out more about the Norfolk Trails and to discover your local routes, click here.

When using the Norfolk Trails, please:

•             Wash your hands before and after visiting

•             Look for alternative sites if busy

•             Keep two metres apart from others

•             Don’t use disposable barbecues or create fire risks

•             Take your litter home

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