Rights of way

Covid-19 and Rights of way

Advice for users of Rights of way

  • Always follow the government guidance on social distancing
  • Avoid touching gates and railings where possible
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get back
  • Keep your dog on a lead to help maintain your 2 metre distance from others
  • On narrow paths, make other people aware of your presence, find a wide place to pass, and wait if you need to
  • This also applies to runners and cyclists, who should take particular care to distance, as they move faster

Advice for landowners on popular routes

  • Tie gates open if it is safe to do so, so walkers do not need to touch them
  • Offer an alternative route around gardens and farmyards, if it is safe to do so (you must gain permission from relevant landowners, and make sure the route is safe for users and livestock) provided that the original right of way is still available
  • Hampshire County Council has produced polite notices about social distancing, and signage for alternative routes, for landowners to use. Please contact the Rights of way officer for advice and to discuss countryside@hants.gov.uk