15 April 2020

Ramblers are reviewing and updating guidance regularly in response to the latest government advice. The priority remains to protect the health of our members, volunteers and staff and help to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus. All Ramblers walks and activities have been cancelled until at least 31 May.

Stay at home

Government advice is to stay at home as much as possible to reduce the spread of the virus. Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms. You should:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • You can also still go outside once a day for a walk, run or cycle but please do so safely (see below)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times (Please follow the latest government guidance on social distancing).
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Walk safely

If you chose to walk as your daily exercise, you should:

  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
  • only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • keep at least 2 metres (6ft) apart from anyone outside your household
  • if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
  • take hygiene precautions when you are outside – for example, avoid touching gates and railings with your hands – and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
  • if walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should walk your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others. You can find further guidance for pet owners here.

Walk responsibly

We urge all walkers to respect the interests of all people who use the outdoors and follow government advice to only to walk locally, for a short period of daily exercise, to avoid crowded areas and to practice social distancing.

If you are walking in local countryside from your doorstep, it is vital to walk responsibly. Be considerate to others and make sure you follow the Countryside Code (England and Wales) and Access Code (Scotland). 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
  • consider avoiding popular locations and times of day if you can

Know where you can walk

The Ramblers has received queries from people concerned about path closures or access restrictions close to where they live. These closures can, in some cases, limit opportunities for people to exercise locally from their doorstep or access essential amenities.

Guidance is changing regularly and the rules for accessing the outdoors differ in England, Wales and Scotland. For an overview of the situation in each nation, including any restrictions on public access, click here .

If you are concerned that a path has been blocked illegally or restrictions have been put in place unlawfully, please report this to your local authority. Read our overview of how COVID-19 is affecting public access in England, Wales and Scotland via the link above.

We urge all walkers to follow social distancing guidance and walk safely, responsibly and considerately.


We are working to keep our members, volunteers and partners updated with the latest information on our response to COVID-19 virus via our usual communications channels. This webpage will be updated with the latest information, and will support members and volunteers in communicating how Ramblers GB is responding to the COVID-19 virus.

The best way to contact the Ramblers is to first check the website link for information. If you still have questions, please get in touch via coronavirus@ramblers.zendesk.com and they will aim to get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that their offices are closed, with Ramblers staff working from home.

Thank you for your continued support.