Last updated Monday 17 May 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.
From 17 May most of Scotland moved to Level 2 of the Scottish Government's COVID-19 protection levels. Glasgow and Moray remain in Level 3, and some islands are now in Level 1.
To be sure what level you are in use the Scottish Government's postcode checker
To know what you can and can’t do at each level – view the coronavirus protection levels information
Walking for exercise or travel is encouraged, provided you follow social distancing, travel and other government guidelines.
For informal social walks:
- In Level 3: up to 6 adults from 6 households can meet outdoors
- In Level 2: up to 8 adults from 8 households can meet outdoors
- In Level 1: up to 12 adults from 12 households can meet outdoors
Health Walk projects are now restarting, as adults can now take part in outdoor non-contact sport and organised group exercise in groups of up to 30 people. 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Click here for more detailed guidance on walking, cycling and wheeling.
- Click here for Transport Scotland's advice on travelling within Scotland.
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
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 in groups of up to 30 people (including walk leaders). Volunteers and walkers can travel between local authorities to attend. However Health Walks in Level 3 areas should only be attended by those within the level 3 area.
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
We acknowledge that some voluntary path groups are continuing to deliver a very restricted service, where works are deemed necessary for the continued safety of path users. If work of this nature is being considered then it remains vital to 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.