All advice on this page was reviewed on Tuesday 8 June.

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 Outdoor 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. 


England

The UK government roadmap for lifting lockdown means people in England can now walk together outside. Ramblers group walks and volunteer activities can also resume, following Covid-secure guidance.

If you're in an area where the new COVID-19 variant is spreading, the government is advising that where possible you should try to minimise travel in and out of these areas.

  • Walking with family & friends: Groups of up to thirty 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 any number – please check with your local group. Car-sharing and coach rambles can resume. 
  • 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.
     

Scotland

On 5 June, the Scottish Government further relaxed its Covid restrictions. View your area’s Protection Level hereEveryone can enjoy overnight stays and travel to/from other UK nations and different parts of Scotland - but you should not share cars with other households to go walking

  • Walking with family & friends: You may walk informally in groups of up to eight people from eight households in Level Two, 12 from 12 households in Level One and 15 from 15 households in Level Zero.
  • Ramblers group walks: Large Covid-secure group walks can take place. Level Two areas have the strictest limit, set ata maximum of 50 peoplePublic transport, taxis and private hire coaches are permitted, provided relevant guidance is followed – but not car sharing
  • Path maintenance: Covid-secure path maintenance can take place, following the same limits as for informal walks in your area.  
  • Other Ramblers activities: Covid-secure volunteering can take placefollowing the same limits as for informal walks in your area. Events, training and committee meetings should be held outdoors or online where possible.
     


Wales

The Welsh Government Covid guidance is moving to Alert Level 1. Car sharing with other households to go walking is not advised.
  • Walking with family & friends: Up to six people from six households can meet outdoors (excluding carers or children under 11 from these households) and walk together for outdoor exercise. 
  • Ramblers group walks: Covid-secure group walks can take place. Please check with your local group for more information.
  • Path maintenance: Covid-secure path maintenance can take place - please check with your local group.
  • Other Ramblers activities: Covid-secure activities can take place in groups of up to six adults outdoors – please check with your local group. Events, training and committee meetings should be held outdoors or online where possible. 


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