KCC is keeping its nine country parks open – in line with the latest guidance outlined by the Prime Minister last evening (Monday) – but the car parks will be closed.

A spokesman said: “We agree with the government view, that parks are an important community facility and can be the ideal venue for personal exercise.

“However, in an effort to keep the numbers manageable and to facilitate the required social distancing, we are closing our car parks. We will continue to welcome visitors who arrive on foot or on horseback.

“We will continue to monitor the number and behaviour of visitors to ensure that the government’s guidelines are adhered to.”