After 7 weeks of being ordered to stay at home in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, things are finally starting to look up. Lockdown is slowly being lifted around the world, the number of cases is slowly declining, and we’re officially ‘Past the Peak’. That’s why we feel it’s the perfect time to start getting you back up the Peaks.
Kicking off our Socially Distant Summer - here’s our guide on how and where to go hiking responsibly right now.
Ever since we went into lockdown in March due to Covid-19, the Outdoors has essentially been closed. That’s why we’ve been providing you with fun-filled activities you can do from the comfort of your own home! Now that the Government’s lockdown guidelines are starting to loosen slightly, we can start looking at getting you back outdoors again.
But we do want to make sure that in doing so, every keeps safe. The last thing we want is to give advice that's going to put anyone’s health in danger! That’s why this guide aims to inform and help you understand how to get back to your outdoor lifestyle without putting yourself or anyone else at risk.
Is it OK to Go for a Walk Right Now?
Throughout this lockdown, when I’ve made quick runs to the shops for essentials or whilst I’ve been out for my daily exercise, I’ve gotten a lot of funny looks from neighbours and other people passing by. It has often left me wondering whether it's actually OK for me to be out walking right now? And the answer is yes, it is okay to be out walking, and you SHOULD be out walking.
Unless you’re self-isolating, being shielded or are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, then you are absolutely allowed to go outside, as long as you stick to the Social Distancing measures in place by keeping 2-metres away from people at all times, not mixing with people outside of your household and washing your hands regularly. Additionally, you could also wear a face mask too for extra protection.
How to Enforce Social Distancing When Walking
Social distancing are steps everyone should be taking to reduce the social interaction between people, which will help reduce the spread of coronavirus. Luckily, not much actually has to change on your walks to make them socially distant. However, it’s still important to outline the guidelines to ensure we act responsibly.
Stay 2 metres away from other people at all times
This is the point we’ve heard the government stress over and over again. By staying two meters (6 feet) apart from other people at all times, you’re preventing transmission in both directions, making it safer for yourself and those around you. We’ve all been in the supermarkets and seen the 2-meter lines for queuing so we know the score by now. But in case you’re unfamiliar with how far 2 meters is, just imagine holding a broomstick out in front of you.
Only meet with one person outside of your household
From May 13th, the government’s guidelines now allow you to meet with one person from outside of your household (as long as there’s 2 meters between you and them of course). This is great news for those with a workout buddy who they train with - it's a bit more like things used to be. But don’t get carried away and get tempted to invite any more pals to tag along; things could get a bit risky then.
Should I wear a face mask?
We’re sure many of you already are, and it really has been great to see so many people taking it upon themselves to go and get face masks for their own health and safety. Although they’re not compulsory, face masks have been recommended by the government as an extra precaution to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We recommend you take one with you on your hike. You may not need it, but if you end up inavertently amongst a crowd, it may make you and others feel a little more reassured.
The Best Socially Distant UK Hikes
Now that we’ve outlined how to maintain social distance when walking, it’s time to go through your options for where to hike. If there’s anywhere local where you fancy going for a walk, then go for it! We've also included some classic hikes for those lucky enough to live nearby, or to inspire you for when it's safe to travel further afield.
Prawle Point, Devon
We chose this walk, as despite being located just outside the busy town of Slacombe, it’s unusually quiet and remote. The walk gives you a good glimpse at Devon’s history and some of the stunning views that accompany it. There’s also some fascinating wildlife in the area.
Whernside Circular, Yorkshire
A more challenging hike but one with more open space and ticks one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks off the bucket list. This walk you can stand at the highest point in Yorkshire, take in the views of Ribblehead Viaduct and look out for the remains of the old rail worker settlement Batty Wife Hole.
Stackpole Circular, Pembrokeshire, Wales
At the moment Wales have mainted their increased level of lockdown. But hopefully, things will improve there too. When they do then this walk is an absolute dream! In just six miles you can condense the entire South Wales coastal experience into one walk. The views are seriously impressive, featuring stunning cliffs and a breath-taking lake. There’s also not one but two absolutely beautiful beaches that look like they’ve been pulled straight from the Bahamas, with plenty of open space to move about keep your distance from others.
That’s our guide on Socially Distant Hiking, we hope you can use this advice and apply it to your walks and stay safe out there! If you're in need of any walking gear, head over to our walking shop and grab a deal. If you’ve got a favourite walk, we’d love to hear about it! Just use our social channels #BlacksPlanB.
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