Respect, Protect, Enjoy
Respect Protect Enjoy.
Our simple steps for enjoying Ashford & Tenterden safely and responsibly.
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 winding footpaths, stunning views, well-known walking routes and exciting cycle trails, there’s more than enough to go around. So, help everyone to enjoy a little slice of the Garden of England safely by following the simple steps below…
- Respect the wildlife. Nature may have recolonised some areas, so please tread carefully and look out for wildlife that has moved into unexpected places during lockdown. 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 our local communities by sticking to the Public Right of Way (footpaths and bridleways), keeping dogs on the lead, not picnicing 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 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 not only applies to any form of exercise such as walking, running or cycling but also sitting or sunbathing.
- 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 - 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
- Enjoy supporting our local businesses. Many Kent businesses are now open online, 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 follow #helpkentbuylocal for updates.
- And finally… when you’re out and about, enjoy taking photos of your surroundings and sharing them with us @Visitashfordtenterden.