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Norfolk celebrates International Trails Day

Norfolk celebrates International Trails Day

Published by KLFM
7:50am 6th June 2020.

As we celebrate International Trails Day, Norfolk County Council takes a look at why the Norfolk Trails network is so special. International Trails Day takes place today (6 June) and shines a spotlight on the ways in which people can access the great outdoors.

Getting outdoors has never been more important for our wellbeing and Norfolk is blessed with some of the most inspiring and breathtaking trail networks in the country. You can explore the Trails without needing to travel far, there are long and short walks, cycle routes, bridleways, coastal treasures as well as activities such as geocaching and trekker trails.

Norfolk is home to over 1500 miles of trails, made up of both long distance and shorter circular routes with the trails network and local circular routes covering the whole of Norfolk. Andrew Jamieson, Member Champion for Walking and Cycling said: 

"We are living in unprecedented times and the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all. Finding ways to be outdoors safely, to enjoy nature and take exercise has never been more important. The trails around Norfolk are a wonderful network to explore and enjoy and you needn't to travel far to access them.  With stunning scenery, captivating wildlife and over 1500 miles of trails to enjoy, we hope that there's something for everyone in Norfolk. Why not make 2020 the year to discover your local trails!"

Respecting our trails and rural areas of Norfolk is hugely important and in recent weeks, Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service has attended an increased number of wildfires. Many have been caused by irresponsible use of disposable barbecues and carelessly discarded cigarettes. The damage to our countryside and the risk to life was entirely avoidable.
 
 Stuart Ruff, Norfolk's Chief Fire Officer said:

"Our trails are a wonderful option for the public to get out and about at present, but we would urge everyone to take extra care to help reduce the risk of fires. We would ask people to stop using disposable barbecues in our countryside and to please ensure that access for emergency vehicles is kept clear at all times."

Andrew Jamieson continued: 

"The Norfolk Trails Team is also involved with innovating new projects such as Greenways, where we are revitalising disused railway lines, providing accessible, green routes for walkers and cyclists to enjoy. International Trails Day is about getting out and celebrating the Norfolk Trails but we must also see it as an opportunity to highlight the wonderful work happening all over the county to give more people access to this valuable network."

To find out more about the Norfolk Trails and to discover your local routes, click here. When using the Norfolk Trails, please follow the guidance:

  • Wash hands before and after visiting
  • Look for alternative sites if busy
  • Keep 2m apart from others
  • Don't use disposable BBQs or create fire risks
  • Take litter home