Back to Walking but Poles Apart

So we’ve been back to walking either one to one or in small groups (maximum of 6 including the instructor) for a few weeks now and it’s working well. Lots of you are back enjoying your fresh air exercise and getting that social contact you have missed out on. But by taking precautions and observing the guidelines we can get back to walking safely.

Where we have more demand for a walk than places we are offering alternative walks at the same time or straight afterwards. If there are two walks at the same time, these will each have their own leader and may be different paced and/or a different route/distance.  If we do follow the same route we will be distanced from the other group by 5-10 minutes. Please stay within your group while on the walk and observe social distancing at the start location.

If you are thinking of joining us here’s what we have put in place to mitigate risks of COVD19.

We have updated all our risk assessments with COVID 19 risks. In a nutshell they are:

  • when you first come back to walks you will be directed to complete a new PARQ (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire) with COVID specific questions. We also ask that you don’t come to a walk if you have any symptoms and that if you develop symptoms after a walk that you inform us. If you are asked to self isolate you should avoid walks for 14 days. If you are over 70 or in a vulnerable category we ask that you speak to Ashley before booking onto a walk and she can advise if the walk and location is suitable for you.
  • we are asking everyone when they arrive at the walk location and on our walks to observe the 2 metre social distancing rule. This is approximately one pole plus your arm apart. We are trying to choose locations where there are wide open paths and we can walk side by side 2 metres apart. Where the path narrows we ask that you stay 2 metres behind the person in front – either directly behind or if a little wider in a zig zag formation. Please listen to the walk leader and follow any specific instructions on the walk.
  • please bring your own poles to the walk. If you need to borrow poles I am only able to lend out the Activator poles with the core-ledge rather than a strap as these are much easier to clean between uses. We are only using these poles to teach with at the moment. If you want to buy some poles – check out my blog post on Favourite Poles and ask me about saving postage by having them delivered to me.
  • wearing of gloves and masks is a personal choice. We will avoid walks where which are busy and have too many gates or stiles. The walk leader will open and close the gate to avoid too many people touching it. We will have hand sanitiser available if anyone needs it.


Updated: June 25, 2020 — 3:34 pm