Covid-19 / Coronavirus and walking in the United Kingdom

Rules and advice for walkers

You may go for a walk with up to 6 people. From Mon 17th May: up to 30 people, and hotels can re-open.

Track and trace, masks, and social distancing continues everywhere, but the end is within sight!

Updated: 11-May-21

England

"Rule of 6", travel and some overnight stays allowed

Individuals
  • "rule of 6"
  • from 17th May: up to 30 people
Groups
  • "rule of 6" (30 from 17th May)
  • Exempt from the rule of 6 (30) with special measures, e.g. formal track and trace, a covid compliance officer
Travel
  • "Stay local" dropped, avoid busy times.
  • Overnight stays in self-contained accommodation only.
  • From 17th May : hotels can reopen, foreign travel for walkers allowed.
Official

Northern Ireland

Stay local. Travel still restricted.

Next review: 24th May

Individuals
  • Up to 15 people from 3 bubbles
Groups
  • Up to 15 people only for organised groups "affiliated" to a governing body
Travel
  • Locally, "avoid all unnecessary travel". For walking, a maximum of 10 miles from home
  • Overnight stays in self-contained accommodation
Official

Scotland

Next review: 17th May. The mainland is level 4 - but travel now allowed.

Individuals
  • 6 people from 6 households
  • From 7th June: max 12
Groups
Travel
  • Travel allowed ("stay local" dropped) but no overnight stays
Official

Wales

Most outdoor and leisure restrictions lifted. Indoor pubs etc open 17th May

Individuals
  • Up to 30
Groups
  • Up to 30
Travel
  • No restrictions, including overnight stays.
Official

Common Rules

Special measures for groups

The "extra measures" for groups vary between nations, but include

What's New

Benefits of the vaccine program and spring weather (more open windows so better ventilation) starting to be felt

Its still crazy that the 4 nations have their own sets of obfuscated rules, rather than a common set of clear and simple levels

Advice for everyone

Advice for organised walking groups

Mountaineering Scotland (recommended), has detailed advice and a sample group event risk assessment.

The Ramblers (eventually) and the LDWA (thank you) have formal plans. Apart from formal track and trace, they are mainly just things to consider (which must be written down as a 'risk assessment').

Our club's policy

My policy

Travel & Accommodation

All currently closed to walkers

Notes