Be Outdoor Smart – Leave No Trace – Love The Place

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Updated on 24th July 2020

Many outdoor recreation sites and associated facilities across Northern Ireland which were previously closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic have now reopened.

As more and more opportunities become available for people to enjoy the outdoors, WalkNI are encouraging people to ‘Be Outdoor Smart – Leave No Trace – Love The Place’

Following these simple guidelines below will ensure your outdoor experience is as enjoyable and memorable as possible.

Be Outdoor Smart

  • Plan your day around your needs and what will be available (i.e. toilets, on-site visitor facilities, playgrounds, baby changing facilities etc.) – check reliable websites and pre book if necessary
  • Respect our emergency services – now is not the time to end up in hospital
  • Scale back your ambitions – choose activities that are within your skills and capabilities
  • Park with care – careless parking can create a road hazard or block access for Emergency Services, local farmers and residents
  • Avoid peak times and popular honeypot sites to help maintain social distancing
  • Bring and use hand sanitiser, especially after touching surfaces
  • Respect the wishes of landowners, local communities and other users of the site

Leave No Trace – Love The Place

Practicing a Leave No trace ethic is very simple – make it hard for others to see or hear you and LEAVE NO TRACE of your visit by:

  • Taking your litter home with you
  • Keeping your dog under control
  • Enjoying nature but do not disturb it
  • Only starting fires in designated BBQ areas, ensuring they will not spread and are cold before you clear them up

Further information and the current status of key outdoor recreation sites is provided on NI DIRECT.

Useful Links

WalkNI

OutMoreNI

MountainBikeNI

BeachNI

DAERA Country & Forest Parks

National Trust

Waterways Ireland

Leave No Trace Ireland

Mountaineering Ireland

Cycling Ireland