26.9 million people walk for leisure and travel in Britain today, but knowing where to walk and what to do if you come across a problem while walking can be complicated. Our advice section answers many of the common questions about accessing the countryside in England and Wales. 

Find information on access rights in Scotland.

Walking and COVID-19

We urge all walkers to follow social distancing guidance and walk safely, responsibly and considerately – read our advice here. 

The rules for accessing the outdoors during coronavirus differ in England, Wales and Scotland. For an overview of the situation in each nation – including any restrictions to public access and rules around blocked paths – click here. 

Footpath sign

Paths in England and Wales

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Access land in England and Wales

These pages gives you all the information you need to make the most of open access land near you - so have a read, grab a map and go walking!

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Report a path feature

Pathwatch - report a feature or problem

Report a path feature or problem with Pathwatch - the Ramblers tool to protect, improve and celebrate paths.

first aid kit


How to keep safe and tips for dealing with different situations that you may encounter when out and about walking.

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Medical issues

Walking with a disability or health issue

Walking is an excellent form of exercise which can keep you fit and active and improve your mental health. Walking can also help you recover from illness as well as prevent it.

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Woman in walking gear

Walking gear

Scotland coast


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Young people walk down a street

Facts and stats about walking

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Find walking accommodation

Walkers are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation in Britain with a wide network of walker-friendly places to stay including B&Bs, guesthouses, self-catering properties, hostels, bunkhouses, camping barns, bothies and camping and caravan sites.