Walking and cycling during the coronavirus outbreak

Advice on what you can and cannot do, where to go in Uttlesford when you are walking or cycling during the coronavirus outbreak.

Government advice is that people must stay at home as much as possible to reduce the spread of the virus. But you can also still go outside for a walk, run, cycle. When doing this you must minimise the time you are out of your home and stay at least two metres away from anyone else that isn't from your household.

We are very lucky here in Uttlesford that we have so many local places to walk and cycle. So, if you stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible - do not travel unnecessarily - there are still things to do.


Whilst parks are closed, including Hatfield Forest and all Essex County Council parks, there are many public footpaths and bridleways open. Essex County Council publishes a map of all of the Public Rights of Way in the county - this shows all of the footpaths, bridleways and byways.

The Flitch Way runs through the south of the district - sections that are public rights of way (i.e. those areas marked as bridleway) are also open - please use them safely and in line with the government's advice regarding social distancing. If you are not familiar with this path Essex County Council have published a useful map and guide.

The Hundred Parish Society also offers a series of local walking routes which take in some of our best countryside.

The Ordnance Survey Get Outside project has more ideas on getting out and about near you including a Greenspace Map to discover less-popular open spaces near to where you live.

If you are taking your dog along for a walk we have published some guidelines to keep you both safe.


There are plenty of beautiful routes to cycle through in Uttlesford Sustrans has a handy route finder with maps and distances for all abilities. If you want to follow a signposted trail National Cycle Route 11 passes through much of the district from Stansted Mountfitchet to Great Chesterford and is well marked.

And, if you find you need any spares or or fixes for your bike,  cycle shops are one of the businesses under that are still allowed to remain open.