Our response to Covid-19

Statement: our advice for our networks and the public on the Coronavirus outbreak

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Last updated Monday 19 July 2021

During the Coronavirus outbreak, we want everyone to be able to walk every day as a safe and enjoyable way to look after our physical and mental wellbeing.

Scotland follows a COVID-19 levels system (0-4), with all of Scotland now in Level Zero.

Walking for exercise or travel is encouraged, provided you follow social distancing, travel and other government guidelines.

For informal outdoor walks in Level 0

  • up to 15 people from 15 households can meet friends and family socially outdoors 
  • you will not need to physically distance within your social grouping of up to 15 people. One metre physical distancing should be maintained between anyone who is not part of your family and friends gathering.

Health Walks

Health Walk projects are now restarting, as adults can now take part in outdoor non-contact sport and organised group exercise. Please contact your local group for details.

Our advice for walking

Stay safe – look after yourself and those in your care

  • You should always maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres between different households and follow strict hygiene guidance.
  • Where possible, avoid touching hard surfaces such as walls, fences and park benches.
  • Children under 12 do not have to physically distance with other children or adults when outdoors. ​

Be smart

  • You should avoid crowded places where physical distancing may be difficult and take into account any localised restrictions.
  • You should follow the Outdoor Access Code at all times when enjoying the outdoors.
  • Consider bringing things you may need – hand sanitiser, face covering, contactless payment options, etc.

Be kind

  • Consider exercising at less busy times and avoid hotspots
  • Respect other path users and give older people and people with poor mobility, visually impaired and people in wheelchairs priority
  • Take your litter with you


Travelling during Covid-19

Helping you to stay active

Our walking hub has lot of information to help you enjoy daily walks as restrictions ease. Connecting with nature and being active on a daily walk can give a boost to health and wellbeing.

Walking during periods of social distancing

Click here for our advice to make the most of a short walk during periods of physical distancing.

Keeping active at home

Click here for our top tips to get active from the comfort of your own home.

Click here for advice for keeping active when you're working from home.

Walking your dog

The Scottish Government's have issued advice on dog walking during the coronavirus outbreak.


Information for Scottish Health Walk Network Members

Group Health Walks can begin again following guidance issued buy Paths for All. Volunteers and walkers can travel between local authorities to attend. 

Members of the Scottish Health Walk Network can also visit our website Members Area and the Slack channel where we will post updates, guidance and news as things change.


Information for Smarter Choices Smarter Places projects

Covid-19 lockdown has offered an insight into how our towns and cities can be much better places to live in with many more people walking and cycling regularly, safer streets, cleaner air and less noise pollution. Read our Covid-19 impact advice for funded SCSP projects here.


Information for our Community Path projects

Voluntary path groups can operate with up to 15 people from 15 households being able to meet outdoors. You should always maintain physical distancing of at least 1 metre between others not in your company. You should follow current Scottish Government guidance and restrictions at all times.


Paths for All's working practice

In line with Government advice, Paths for All staff are working from home, with all meetings taking place online. 

You can contact us by phone or email. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@pathsforall.org.uk

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