Staying Covid safe when out walking
During the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us discovered how important and enjoyable it is to get outside in nature for a walk. Walking is a great way to boost our health and wellbeing naturally.
During the peak of the pandemic the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments put restrictions and guidance in place to limit the risk of infection. Our aim has always been to ensure that you stay safe when out walking, whether alone, with friends and family or as part of a Ramblers organised walking group.
Coronavirus latest guidance
There are currently no legal restrictions in place that affect walking. Ramblers group walks and volunteering activities can take place, with no legal limit on the number of participants.
For more detailed information on staying safe in relation to Covid-19, read the latest government guidance for England, Scotland and Wales.
Whenever you’re out and about, have fun, keep safe and be considerate to fellow walkers. Always follow the Countryside Code in England and Wales, and the Outdoor Access Code in Scotland.
Support for walking groups
Resources for walking groups
Many people enjoy walking with a group, either as part of a Ramblers organised group walk, with a Ramblers affiliated group or informally. To support you in organising your walk with safety in mind, you can use the Ramblers Walk Leader Checklist.
Ramblers volunteers can find further resources on our Volunteer Hub, Assemble. These include advice on risk assessments and booking systems, plus our Path Maintenance Checklist.
Practical advice for walking groups
Ramblers groups organise thousands of walks every week and so we have a lot of experience of leading walks safely.
Here are our top tips for walking groups to consider whilst there is still a risk of Covid-19 infections, however low that risk is:
- Limit the number of people on your walk to a size with which you feel comfortable.
- Check for any restrictions that could disrupt travel, transport or facilities on your walk.
- Remind everyone that should they develop Covid-19 symptoms, they should follow the relevant government guidance.
- Take a register so that you can contact attendees in case you become aware of an issue. Those leading a Ramblers group walk can use the Ramblers app to take a register.
- Remember that everyone has different circumstances. Some people may prefer to maintain physical distancing, not to share transport or attend indoor events.
If your walking group would value more support and advice from the Ramblers, you may like to consider becoming an affiliated club. Find out more about becoming part of the biggest and most vibrant community of walkers in Britain and the benefits you will receive.