Updated: 23 November 2020

In these locked down times, walking 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 walking and other Ramblers activities.

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

Ramblers in-person group activities are cancelled from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, in line with UK government guidelines

  • Ramblers group walks: Currently suspended. 
  • Walks with friends and family: You can continue to walk outdoors for exercise with the people you live with, your support bubble or one person from another household. 
  • Path maintenance: Currently suspended.
  • Other Ramblers activities: In-person training and social events are suspended. Activities such as AGMs will be held online. 
  • Travel: Stay local if possible and do not travel to Scotland or Wales.

Scotland

Ramblers activities are currently running in Scotland, in line with sportscotland and Scottish Government guidelines.

  • Ramblers group walks: Covid-secure walks can restart – our walks are exempt from the ‘rule of six’ under all Scottish Government protection levels. Please check with your local group to find out what walks are taking place. 
  • Walks with friends and family: You can continue to walk outdoors in all local authority areas with up to six people from two households. 
  • Path maintenance: Covid-secure activities can restart – please check with your local group. 
  • Other Ramblers activities: Covid-secure activities can restart – please check with your local group. 
  • Travel: You should not travel to or from level three or four local authorities for walks and most voluntary work. However, you can do a circular route that leaves your local authority, provided your walk starts and ends inside it. You can also travel five miles outside your boundary to start walks, but do not stop for petrol, coffee or any other reason - and do not meet up with walkers from different local authority areas. You should not share cars with other households or use private hire vehicles, including coaches, regardless of where you live.

Wales

Ramblers activities are currently running in Wales, in line with Welsh Government guidelines.  
  • Ramblers group walks: Covid-secure walks can restart – our walks are exempt from the ‘rule of six’ under Welsh Government guidelines. Please check with your local group to find out what walks are taking place. 
  • Walks with friends and family: You can continue to walk outdoors in all local authority areas with up to three other people.from different households.
  • Path maintenance: Covid-secure activities can restart – please check with your local group. 
  • Other Ramblers activities: Covid-secure activities can restart – please check with your local group. 
  • Travel: There are no legal restrictions on travel within Wales for residents, but you should avoid non-essential travel where possible. Travel in and out of Wales is only allowed under limited circumstances, such as for work or education.