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How to make the most of the Worcestershire countryside to get fresh air and exercise in lockdown.

Hartlebury Common Published Friday, 6th November 2020

As the England lockdown begins, it’s particularly important we all take care of our health and mental wellbeing.

Current Government guidance does allow us to get out and about for exercise in a public, outdoor spaces. This means we can get outside, stay fit and active and enjoy the benefits of nature.

In Worcestershire we are very fortunate to have plenty of beautiful open spaces and parks on our doorstep, to enjoy, even in lockdown.

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with:

  • the people you live with
  • your support bubble
  • or when on your own, 1 person from another household. Children under 5, as well as those with disabilities dependent on round-the-clock care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We have beautiful country parks and nature reserves in Worcestershire to enjoy. Each season offers a different beauty to admire. 

“In the autumn and winter months it can be tempting to stay indoors, especially now we are in lockdown but if you follow the rules, wrap up warm and take a brisk walk, you will feel so much better afterwards.”
Worcestershire has many parks and nature reserves, so there’s plenty to choose from around the county.

These include Hartlebury Common, St Wulstan’s Nature Reserve, Waseley Hills Country Park and Worcester Woods Country Park.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health at Worcestershire County Council said: “During this new lockdown it’s important to make your health a priority. Exercise helps to keep both our bodies and minds healthy. In tough times, it helps us to relax and take our mind off our problems, as well as keep us physically fit.

“It’s particularly important during the winter months to get outside in the daylight hours to boost our vitamin D levels. We should all be doing this wherever possible, even in lockdown.

“Please remember to stay at least two metres apart from people who are not in your bubble when outdoors. And when you get home, wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.

Please also remember you must not go out, even for exercise if you have a symptom of Covid-19 or have tested positive. In either case, please stay at home and follow the self-isolation rules.

If we all act sensibly, together we will reduce the R rate.”

To find out more about parks in Worcestershire please go to www.worcestershire.gov.uk/countryside.

For more information about the new national restrictions from 5 November visit www.gov.uk.