Frequently asked questions
Can I still get into my local country park?
Yes, anytime if you live within walking or cycling distance of a country park. Access is still available via the footpaths so that local people can use it for their daily exercise, but strictly in accordance with current Government rulings around social distancing for COVID-19
Can I still drive to a country park to take my daily exercise?
From Monday 18 May:
WCC Parks will be launching a phased re-opening starting with a booking system for car parking at the 4 main sites, Kingsbury, Ryton Pools, Hartshill and Pooley Country Parks using Eventbrite.
Others sites will be open as normal, but facilities remain closed until further notice including toilets.
This is phased re-opening, in order to manage visitor numbers initially at popular sites, and will be reviewed continuously subject to demand, in line with any further government guidance on social distancing and gatherings.
The time slots will be:
- 9.00am - 12:00 midday
- OR 1:00 – 4:00 pm
The ticket allows vehicular entry for ONE car only for the time stated. You may arrive at any time during this period, but must leave site by end time of your slot.
No booking or ticket is required if you hold a parking permit and you can come to either session.
Disabled day visitors will be able to purchase separate tickets through eventbrite and must display their blue badge in the vehicle.
Outside of these times the gates will be closed to vehicular traffic. Please respect our staff in carrying out their duties to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit.
We will continue to keep our policies under review as the pandemic continues. We apologise for any inconvenience these temporary but important measures may cause some visitors.
Are disabled people allowed to drive and park at the country parks for their daily dose of exercise?
See notes above on car parking which applies to all visitors.
Can I take my dog to the country park for a walk?
Yes, and it constitutes your exercise outside of your home. Please keep them under close control and remember to clean up after them.
Are the toilets still open at the country parks?
No. All toilets and other public buildings at the country parks are closed in order to protect members of the public and staff and reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus.
Can my children use the play areas?
No. Government guidance insists that play equipment should not be used in parks in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 virus.
What am I allowed to do at the parks?
Walking, cycling or running or picnics, sunbathing and relaxing are permitted however social distancing measures still apply.
What about permits during this time?
Permit renewals will be available from Monday, on-line only. We will look at extending existing permits for current permit holders, in due course.
Is fishing still permitted?
Fishing is available to existing permit holders only with access available from 9am-4pm. No day ticket fishing currently available.
Are there still people working at the country parks?
Yes. Some rangers are still working at the country parks and will be undertaking basic maintenance and safety duties whilst observing government advice and guidance. Rangers have been asked to ensure that members of the public are adhering to government guidelines in terms of social distancing and will report anyone not observing these rules.