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Residents reminded not to drive to country parks or beauty spots

Residents across the Caerphilly county borough are being reminded that they must not drive to country parks or other beauty spots for exercise, unless they have a reasonable excuse as defined in the regulations.

Sites across the area continue to see high levels of people arriving by vehicle, leading to Gwent Police requesting the temporary closure of the car park at Penallta Park on Sunday 31st January.

CCBC Cabinet Member Cllr John Ridgewell said, “We recognise that exercise is important for our physical and mental health, but laws are now in place that prohibit travelling to sites such as country parks for exercise, unless you have specific reasons, such as accessibility requirements.”

“It was unfortunate that we needed to restrict access to one of our sites yesterday, but we will continue to liaise with our colleagues at Gwent Police and take appropriate action if required to keep the community safe,” he added.

The Leader of Council, Cllr Philippa Marsden added, “I want to reassure residents that we are not closing our country parks, but everyone needs to be aware of their obligations under the current restrictions.” 

Whilst at alert level 4 you can still leave home as often as you like to exercise as long as you do so from home and alone, with members of your household or support bubble.

As of 30 January 2021, you can now exercise with one person from another household. You must stay local – please don’t drive to meet each other and remember to keep at least 2m apart.

More information about current regulations can be found here: