Going out for a walk
The basic rules of the 'lock-down' due to coronavirus are now pretty clear. To slow the spread of the virus and allow the NHS to keep up, it is essential that everyone stays at home as much as possible. However it is accepted that being in the outdoors is good for everyone's health and well-being. It's just a question of how outdoor exercise can be done most safely.
It’s clear that Coronavirus has not gone away, and we need to continue to help control the virus to save lives. Although there are some changes to government guidance, the lockdown is still in force across the UK and the advice continues to be to stay at home as much as possible. If you or anyone in your household has Coronavirus symptoms, you should continue to self-isolate.
There are however some changes which may ease your situation:
• You can exercise outdoors as often as you like alone or with members of your household.
• You can also exercise with one other person from outside your household, while keeping two metres apart.
• You may drive to outdoor open spaces, irrespective of distance, but should follow social distancing guidance whilst you are there.
In addition, the Ramblers urges all walkers in England to:
• Be sensitive to rural communities if considering travelling further from home to walk.
• Avoid activities that may result in injury or require emergency services support, especially in remote locations.
• Be aware that popular locations like National Parks or the coast may be very busy, making social distancing difficult.
• Plan ahead, as some sites and facilities may be closed or have restrictions.
• Respect the rules in Scotland and Wales and do not travel to different parts of the UK.
• In many cases, the best option will be to stay local and explore the local area on foot.
So, while you may be tempted to dash off to the National Parks, please think carefully before you do.
Popular destinations WILL be busy so best go somewhere less well trodden. DO NOT attempt and difficult ascents or tricky terrain as the Mountain Rescue Services WILL NOT be able to cope as well if you need to call them out. Moreover, your call MAY jeopardise their ability to respond to subsequent calls. Please act responsibly.
Be considerate to others and make sure you follow the Countryside Code (England and Wales) and Scottish Outdoor Access Code. You should:
• leave gates as you find them
• keep dogs under close control
• follow advice on local signs
• take litter home.
Where possible, you should also:
• avoid touching gates and railings with your hands
• consider using alternative routes that do not pass through gardens, farmyards or schools, where social distancing may be difficult
Advice courtesy of The Ramblers.