Staying safe outdoors

In England, from Monday 1 June, up to six people can meet outside (in parks, gardens and other private outdoor space) – provided those from different households continue to observe social distancing rules.

The government recommends that you keep two metres away from people as a precaution or one metre when you can mitigate the risk by taking other precautions – such as wearing a face covering or avoid being face-to-face with people. 

Those who are considered clinically vulnerable and have been shielding are now able to leave their home if they wish as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing. Guidance for people in this category is changing from 6 July, and again on 1 August.

There are so many beautiful places to visit in Wealden and the surrounding areas. Whilst we want you to enjoy the outdoors, please remember that social distancing measures are still in force.

The government has published staying safe outside your home for guidance on how to enjoy the outdoors safely.

Further guidance on access to green spaces is useful should you be considering visiting our parks and open spaces.

The Sussex Resilience Forum is urging everyone to be Coast and Country Aware during this current period. Many beaches do not have a lifeguard and not all public facilities have re-opened.

Natural England and Ordnance Survey has produce an online guide about where you can go and what activities can take place outside.

Plan your visit

Cuckoo Trail

The Cuckoo Trail is open, but please be aware that some parts of the trail are narrow. Maintaining a 2 metre distance from other users can be difficult in some parts of the trail for this reason. Please observe the Cuckoo Trail Code and share with extra care.  

Wealden parks

Walshes Park, Crowborough and Horsted Green Park, Uckfield are both open to the public as are the car parks serving these sites. Please observe social distancing at all times.

South Downs National Park

Visitors to the South Downs National Park should check their COVID-19 Update before travelling and follow SDNP guidance:

  • Stay local if you can – SDNP houses and gardens remain closed across the South Downs. We are opening up countryside car parks gradually, but many facilities such as toilets and cafes are not open. It’s important we don’t create hotspots. 
  • Take extra care to respect local residents and other visitors. Please don’t park on roadsides, as this can cause accidents and block essential emergency access. 
  • By sticking to paths, keeping dogs under control and taking any litter home, we can ensure our places benefit both people and nature.’

East Sussex countryside sites

To see which countryside sites in East Sussex are currently open, including those in Wealden, check the East Sussex County Council website

High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Many sites, car parks and public conveniences in the High Weald AONB are still closed at present. Check which ones are open before you travel, and stick to the Countryside Code.

Avoid crowded attractions and discover one of 20 Wealden Walks varying from 4 to 12 miles. They are graded between a scale of 1 (easy) and 4 (very difficult). There is at least one route passing through every parish.

Wealden coastline and cliff safety

If you are planning to visit the Sussex coastline, please do so with care and be aware of the dangers posed by unstable cliffs

Cuckmere Haven east side

The car parks serving this beach at Seven Sisters Country Park are open. The visitor centre and toilets are closed.

Birling Gap

The National Trust pay and display car park is open with limited spaces. The shop, café, toilets & visitor centre are closed. Beach access via the steps is open. However, the staircase is less than 2 metres wide. Please exercise caution when using the steps and be considerate of other users. Please follow social distancing measures. No fires or barbecues are permitted anywhere on site.

During high tide the beach will become more compact with visitors making social distancing difficult. To minimise over crowding, please check the tide times before you travel. 

Pevensey Bay

Car parks at Sea Road and North Road are open.

Public conveniences 

The public toilets at Pevensey Bay, Pevensey Castle, and The Dene, Alfriston are open. Social distancing measures are in place. We ask that all users of these facilities follow the measures in place for their own safety and the safety of our cleaning staff.