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COVID-19 / Coronavirus

This guidance sets out the key principles of enjoying the benefits of being outside, while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus.

The risk of the coronavirus being passed on to others outdoors is considered to be low as long as people maintain social distancing.

In England you can leave your home to exercise and spend time outdoors for recreation.

When travelling to outdoor spaces, it is important that people respect the rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Do not travel to different parts of the UK where it would be inconsistent with guidance or regulations issued by the relevant devolved administration.

In England, you can now:

  • spend time outdoors, including exercise, alone, with your household, or with one person who is not in your household as long as you stay two metres apart
  • exercise more than once a day
  • take part in other outdoor sports and activities, including fishing - on your own, with your household, or with one other person while adhering to social distancing rules
  • drive to outdoor open spaces, including beaches and beauty spots, irrespective of distance - you should travel in a private vehicle, alone or with members of your own household
  • go swimming in either lakes or the sea as part of daily exercise provided that social distancing guidelines are observed - you cannot use public indoor and outdoor pools
  • all forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed - you can continue to use towpaths for walking, running and cycling, being mindful of other users and people living in boats along the water

There are no restrictions on how far you can travel to get to the countryside. However you should not stay overnight. Campsites and caravan parks are closed and you cannot visit a holiday or second home.

To stay safe, you must:

  • take hygiene precautions when you are outside
  • wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
  • keep at least two metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • take hand sanitiser with you when you set off in case there are no handwashing facilities

The latest Government guidance: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Contacting Us

The Isle of Wight AONB Team is working remotely and will not be available on our usual office number. If you would like to contact us, please email the relevant team member directly. If you don’t have a contact name, please send a general email to Unit@wightaonb.org.uk or AONB@iow.gov.uk and we will respond as soon as we are able to.

 

The Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (IW Wight AONB) contains some of Britain’s finest landscapes. 

IW Wight AONB is cared for by a dedicated partnership made up of national and local organisations.

 

Walking the Island’s varied footpaths and bridleways is a great way to explore and enjoy the stunning landscapes.

 

The IW AONB is made up of 5 discrete land parcels. Each are has its own character and beauty. 

 

 

Isle of Wight Area Outstanding Natural Beauty Map

 

Walking on the the Isle of Wight

 

https://www.wightaonb.org.uk/explore/walking-and-cycling/

 

Current Statutory Management Plan

 

 

Isle of Wight AONB Management Plan 2019 - 2024

 

Our Partnerships

West Wight Landscape Partnership


Enjoy the legacy of the Island’s first landscape partnership scheme. Between 2008 – 2013 it helped to conserve and enhance the important habitats of the Isle of Wight's western area and encourage people to explore and celebrate its rich culture and heritage.

Down to the Coast


A landscape partnership scheme that is all about conserving and celebrating what makes the East Wight a fantastic place to work , live and play.

IW Local Records Centre


The Isle of Wight Local Records Centre collects, collates, manages and disseminates information on the Island’s wildlife; making it available to all those who need it, on a not-for-profit basis in a cost-effective way. This information plays an essential role in decision-making at all levels, helping to protect and improve biodiversity on the Island and beyond.