Respect, protect, enjoy.
We know that following updated guidance from the government, which requires you to spend more time at home to help keep yourself and others safe, you’ll be keen to use your outside time wisely. Our number one priority right now is ensuring that people are able to enjoy our glorious county in a safe and responsible way; looking after ourselves, one another, and the landscape around us.
With over 3,700 km², encompassing winding footpaths, glorious gardens, stunning coastal views, and exciting cycle trails, there’s more than enough Kent to go around. So, help everyone to enjoy a little slice of the Garden of England safely by following the simple steps below...
- Respect that guidelines are regularly changing - please ensure you keep up to date with the latest government advice, always check guidelines before heading out and #KnowBeforeYouGo
- Respect the wildlife. Nature may have recolonised some areas, so please tread carefully and look out for wildlife that has moved into unexpected places this year. Please keep your dog on the lead and stick to footpaths and bridleways so as not to disturb ground nesting birds and other wildlife.
- Respect and support our local businesses. Many of Kent's food and drink businesses are remaining open to serve takeaway options, and we really 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 be sure to show our foodie businesses your support by following Produced in Kent's #CaringCustomer pledge.
- Respect the place you're visiting. Always follow their guidelines, remember to check on their website ahead of visiting, to understand any specific requirements for your visit.
- Respect our local communities by sticking to the Public Right of Way (footpaths and bridleways), keeping dogs on the lead, not picnicking on private land, not parking outside people’s houses, and taking your litter home.
- Respect any specific guidelines that have been put in place by our friends and partners across the county, by planning ahead before travelling, and checking what facilities are open to you (Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust, KCC Country Parks, National Trust, English Heritage, RSPB, RNLI, Natural England, The Canal & River Trust, Kent Downs AONB, High Weald AONB, Kent Wildlife Trust and your local district council)
- Protect yourself and others. Always follow hand washing guidance, and strict social distancing of 2 meters apart from others who are not in your household. Social distancing applies to any form of exercise, including walking, running and cycling.
- Protect the landscape by ensuring you are following the Countryside Code, which sets out how visitors to rural areas can behave safely and responsibly. Take a look at the following video with an updated Countryside Code, produced by Natural England.
- Protect the environment by travelling sustainably and staying local. If you can, try to journey by foot or bike. This means you’ll have a chance to experience our wonderful county as you travel, and you won’t have to worry about finding a car parking space.
- Enjoy getting off the beaten track. We know everyone has their favourite spot in Kent - or maybe their favourite two, or three - but if large numbers of people head to the same place, it becomes impossible to stay safely socially distanced. Instead, seek out some new favourites away from the crowds.
- Enjoy our range of wonderful foodie businesses going the extra mile! Many local suppliers and venues have had to adapt their business, but are still working hard to serve up the freshest and tastiest Kent produce to be enjoyed at home, so be sure to check them out and support local where possible.
- Enjoy our beautiful coastline safely, by following the important advice issued by the RNLI. Please be aware that the usual life guard service may not currently be in place.
- When you’re out and about, enjoy taking photos of your surroundings and sharing them with us @VisitKent. We’d love to see them, and share them with others!
If you are holding off from getting outside, or are self isolating and unable to leave your home, we’re totally committed to bringing the very best of the Garden of England straight to you. Follow us on social at @VisitKent, or sit back and enjoy an at-home tour across this glorious county with our Virtual Kent experiences (Virtual Gardens, Virtual Castles, Virtual Museums). When the time is right and safe to do so, we’ll be waiting to welcome you with open arms.
Stay Safe When You Travel with Stagecoach
When you're travelling around Kent, walking and cycling are encouraged but if you travel by bus, please follow the guidance set out in Stagecoach's video to make sure you travel safely on their services so you can travel with confidence.
Traveling with Arriva is easier than ever. Plan your journey, track your bus in real-time, buy, store and activate tickets all in on one handy app. Search Arriva UK Bus app in your app store which is free to download or visit www.arrivabus.co.uk/app. You can also plan your journey, buy tickets and check out the latest news and offers online at www.arrivabus.co.uk. All Arriva buses and workspaces are COVID-19 secure. To find out more please visit www.arrivabus.co.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-safer-travel