All advice on this page was reviewed on Wednesday 14 April.

Walking for exercise and mental wellbeing is more important than ever. To make sure we can all enjoy it safely, it’s important to keep up to date with current coronavirus restrictions.

On this page, you'll find an overview of the different restrictions across England, Scotland and Wales and what they mean for you. 

Wherever you walk, it’s important to be safe, considerate and responsible. Always follow the Countryside Code or Scottish Access Code, and avoid busy areas which may make physical distancing difficult. Remember you can explore Ramblers Routes to discover local walks, close to home.

Are you a member of the Ramblers or an affiliated group? You can find more information about how these restrictions affect you on the Members & Affiliates page.

Are you a Ramblers volunteer? You can find further guidance about restarting activities below. 


The UK government roadmap for lifting lockdown means people in England can now walk outside in groups of up to six or two households. Ramblers group walks and volunteer activities can also resume, following Covid-secure guidance. You should continue to minimise travel and must not travel to Scotland. 

  • Walking with family & friends: Groups of up to six, or two households, can get together for informal walks.
  • Ramblers group walks: Covid-secure Group walks are classified by the UK government as ‘organised physical activities’ and can take place in groups larger than six – please check with your local group. Coach rambles remain suspended.
  • Path maintenance: Covid-secure path maintenance can take place – please check with your local group. 
  • Other Ramblers activities: Covid-secure activities can take place – please check with your local group. Events, training and committee meetings should be held outdoors or online where possible.


From Friday 16 April official guidance in Scotland will be updated as follows:

  • Walking with family & friends: From 16 April you can travel across Scotland for walks in groups of up to six people from six households, provided you do not stay overnight. Children under 12 do not count towards this total. 
  • Ramblers group walks: People must continue to remain within their own local authority for Ramblers Scotland’s group walks, including during the walk itself, until 26 April. Private hire coaches, but not car sharing, will be possible from 26 April, provided relevant guidance is followed.
  • Path maintenance: All path maintenance is currently suspended until 26 April.
  • Other Ramblers activities: From 16 April group walk recces and Ramblers Routes volunteering can take place across Scotland in groups of up to six people from a maximum of six households. All committee meetings and AGMs must take place online. 


Wales remains in Alert Level 4 (Very High Risk) with gradual lifting of restrictions planned for the coming weeks. You can travel any distance within Wales, but should minimise travel to England. Group walks remain suspended.
  • Walking with family & friends: You can walk outdoors by yourself, with your household or support bubble. Up to six people from a maximum of two households (excluding carers or children under 11 from these households) can also walk together for outdoor exercise. 
  • Ramblers group walks: All group walks are currently suspended. We are working towards restarting group walks from Monday 26 April. 
  • Path maintenance: Covid-secure path maintenance can take place from 27 March - please check with your local group.
  • Other Ramblers activities: Site visits and Ramblers Routes volunteering can take place in groups of up to four adults from a maximum of two households. Committee meetings must be held online.

Group walks, guidance for volunteers
Events. training and AGMs
Path maintenance, guidance for volunteers