Walking is a great way to bring groups of people together, to enjoy the outdoors on foot. Over 50,000 group walks (and other activities) take place every year, and we take the welfare of our volunteers and members very seriously.

With the spread of coronavirus posing a risk to public health, we’re following government updates and latest NHS advice closely.

Following the most recent government advice (13 March 2020), anyone with a high temperature or new continuous cough should self-isolate for 7 days. This means staying at home, avoiding public places and group activities (including group walks and events) – even if your symptoms are mild.

If your condition gets worse, you feel can’t cope with your symptoms at home, or your symptoms don’t get better after 7 days, please contact the NHS coronavirus service online, or by calling 111.

Whilst most One Step Walkers group walks and activities are continuing as normal – it’s important to remember that your health (and the health of other members and volunteers) is the top priority! Please keep up to date with the latest developments, and decide what is right for you. This may mean cancelling group walks, or choosing not to attend events at this time.

Remember you can help to minimise the spread of the virus by:

  • catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, and throwing them away immediately.
  • washing your hands with soap & water regularly for at least 20 seconds (or using alcohol-based hand sanitiser if not available).
  • avoiding close contact with people who are unwell.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation closely. If any further action is needed (such as the cancellation of walks), we will provide feedback via this website, our Facebook Page and via our newsletter.