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Access Criteria

Health Walks

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Book onto one of our Health Walks today!

There is no access criteria for Health Walks! However, due to Covid-19 , you will need to book in advance. Our volunteer Health Walk leaders are following strict guidelines and you must book here before joining a walk.

Booking is essential.


The UK government roadmap for lifting lockdown means people in England can now walk together outside. Ramblers group walks and volunteer activities can also resume, following Covid-secure guidance. More information and advice can be found at: Coronavirus advice – Ramblers


If you’re walking alone or with friends and family:

  • Be prepared: Government guidelines are changing regularly so make sure you know where you can walk before making the trip. 
  • Be safe: Maintain good hygiene and physical distancing. If you begin to show COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19, you must self-isolate.
  • Be considerate: Be sensitive to rural communities if considering travelling further from home to walk. Make sure to follow the Countryside Code – COVID-19 version (England and Wales) or Scottish Access Code.   

On your first walk, you will be asked to fill in a Walker registration form. We also ask for your consent to send you a short questionnaire regarding your general health and how you heard about the service.  If you do have any concerns about your health, we do ask that you seek medical advice before undertaking a Health Walk.


What to wear?

For a short walk, over easy terrain, you won’t need any special clothing or equipment. But to stay comfortable and enjoy yourself, we recommend the following:

  • Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy, comfortable shoes or trainers.
  • Several thin layers of clothing are better than one thick layer. You can take off layers as you warm up or add them if you get cold.
  • Take a good jacket unless you’re sure it’s not going to rain – it’s easier than an umbrella.
  • Wear a hat: it keeps you warm in winter and protects you from the sun in summer.
  • Wear gloves if it’s cold – it’s difficult to walk briskly with your hands in your pockets.
  • Wear sun cream if you’re going to be outdoors for any length of time.
  • Take a small bottle of water with you.
  • A small backpack is more comfortable to walk with than an ordinary bag, but be sure to wear it properly with the straps adjusted to fit your body snugly.

Grading

Walks are graded 1 to 5 so you can be sure they are suitable for your ability. Please see below:

Grade 1

On easy, good, flat surfaces.

Grade 2

Mostly level, can be muddy.

Grade 3

Some moderate slopes, good surfaces.

Grade 4

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More challenging, may include steeper slopes, rough ground or mud in wet weather. 

Grade 5

Image of a rough, hilly landscape.

As grade 4 but may include one or two stiles and can be slightly faster in pace.  



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