Covid-19 / Coronavirus and walking in the United Kingdom

Rules and advice for walkers

All covid-19 restrictions have ended - except oversea quarantine, and self isolation if pinged by track-and-trace.

Updated: 19-Jul-21

Note: each nation's system of "levels" is different!

England

No restrictions

Individuals
  • no limit
Groups
Travel
  • no restrictions for domestic travel
Official

Northern Ireland

Track and trace and mask rules still apply

Individuals
  • Up to 30 people
Groups
  • 30, or more with a risk assessment
Travel
  • no restrictions
Official

Scotland

Scotland is level 0 - face covering and social distancing still applies!

Individuals
  • up to 15
Groups
Travel
  • Travel allowed ("stay local" dropped)
Official

Wales

Alert level 1

Individuals
  • no restrictions
Groups
  • no restrictions
Travel
  • No restrictions
  • max 6 people per holiday accommodation for 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

Notes