Updated: 26 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 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

You can currently walk outdoors for exercise with your household, your support bubble or one person from another household. You should stay local if possible and must not travel to Scotland or Wales. 

From Wednesday 2 December you can walk outdoors in all areas, with up to six people from six households but you should not travel to or from Tier 3: Very High alert areas. 

Ramblers in-person group activities can restart in England on Wednesday 2 December, in line with UK government guidelines

  • Ramblers group walks: Currently suspended. Covid-secure walks can restart from Wednesday 2 December – our walks are exempt from the ‘rule of six’ in all local restriction tiers. Please check with your local group to find out what walks are taking place.
  • Path maintenance: Currently suspended. Covid-secure activities can restart from Wednesday 2 December – please check with your local group.
  • Other Ramblers activities: Currently suspended. Covid-secure activities can restart from Wednesday 2 December – please check with your local group. AGMs must be held online. 

Scotland

You can walk outdoors in all local authority areas with up to six people from two households.  You should not travel to or from level three or four local authorities for walks. 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. 

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. 
  • 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. AGMs must be held online. 

Wales

You can walk outdoors in all local authority areas with up to three other people from different households.  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.

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. 
  • 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. AGMs must be held online.