Coronavirus update

Published: 16th March 2020

Walking is a great way to bring groups of people together, to enjoy the outdoors on foot.  Nearly 100,000 Ramblers Walking for Health group walks take place every year, and we take the welfare of our volunteers and members very seriously.

With the spread of coronavirus posing a risk to public health, we’re following government updates and latest NHS advice closely. 

Following the most recent government advice (13 March), anyone with a high temperature or new continuous cough should self-isolate for 7 days. This means staying at home, avoiding public places and group activities (including Ramblers group walks and events) – even if your symptoms are mild.  

If your condition gets worse, you feel can’t cope with your symptoms at home, or your symptoms don’t get better after 7 days, please contact the NHS coronavirus service online, or by calling 111.

Whilst most Ramblers group walks and activities are continuing as normal – it’s important to remember that your health (and the health of other members and volunteers) is the top priority!  Please keep up to date with the latest developments, and decide what is right for you.  This may mean cancelling group walks, trainings and AGMS, or choosing not to attend events at this time.  

Remember you can help to minimise the spread of the virus by:

  • Catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, and throwing them away immediately.
  • Washing your hands with soap & water regularly (or using alcohol-based hand sanitiser if not available).
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are unwell.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation, and will update groups and areas via the website and newsletter.  If any further action is needed (such as the cancellation of walks), we will contact scheme coordinators directly

Future updates will be made here and through social media channels

If you have any questions, please email the team at walkingforhealth@ramblers.org.uk