All advice on this page was reviewed on Friday 7 May.

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. 


England

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. 

  • 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.
     

Scotland

The Scottish Government’s Covid restrictions allow overnight stays and travel throughout all of Scotland, including for Ramblers activities - but you should minimise travel in England. You should not share cars with other households to go walking.  

  • Walking with family & friends: You may walk informally in groups of up to six people from six households. Children under 12 do not count towards this total.  
  • Ramblers group walks: sportscotland guidance means we can run Covid-secure walks in groups of up to 30, although many leaders will set lower limits. Public transport, taxis and private hire coaches are permitted, provided relevant guidance is followed – but not car sharing. 
  • Path maintenance: Covid-secure path maintenance can resume in groups of up to six people from six households. 
  • Other Ramblers activities: Covid-secure path group walk recces, Ramblers Routes and other volunteering can take place across Scotland in groups of up to six people from a maximum of six households. Events, training and committee meetings should be held outdoors or online where possible.
     


Wales

The Welsh Government Covid guidance has moved to Alert Level 3. You can travel any distance within Wales, but should minimise travel to England.
  • 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 walks of up to 30 people can take place. Please refer to 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 – 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