Department: Healthy Neighbourhood/Walking for Health

Activity: Walking Groups in Various Areas

Description of activity:

Volunteer led walks in the areas of Mid Devon, Exeter, Westbank and Budleigh which are vary in length according to grade and the guideline set out by the governing body of Walking for Health.

Legal Requirements and Guidance for Reference:

COVID-19 – We have conducted a risk assessment for these walks to produce this Safe System of Work, we have referred to the following sources: to restart group walks in a COVID-secure way

This allows a group of up to 30 participants including Walk Leaders to part take in outdoor walks in and around their local areas whilst complying too the 2 metre social distancing rule, as set out by the directive sent by Walking for Health. Westbank will apply these rules to these activities.

For those groups whose numbers are in excess of the above, then the start of the activity will be staggered, with additional walk leaders for participants to allow more to take part. In order that we make sure that we comply with the above, we will be setting up a booking system and ask that participants phone Westbank on 01392 832758.


  1. All Participants will be reminded that they must comply with social distancing before, during and after the walk. The participants will be reminded of the latest information for Covid-19
  2. Participants must wear appropriate clothing, footwear and take appropriate precautions for example the use of sun cream, bring own water/drink.
  3. They must also bring with them their own equipment and encouraged to wear gloves and face covering or mask. This is extremely important where social distancing cannot always be adhered to in the more built up areas of towns. The will also be encouraged to bring with them hand sanitizer. They will be reminded that as there are limited cafes open that with the space to socially distance for small groups that they will have to bring their own refreshments.
  4. At the beginning of the walk the Walk leader will ask the participants, if they are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 (Persistent new cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell) or if they have any other contraindications to exercise. If the customer has symptoms they will be instructed not to take part in the activity, advised to return home, dial 119 to request a test and take the appropriate medical precautions.  
  5. The Walk leader will adjust the walking speed in order that the group keeps together whilst insuring that the distancing rules are complied with.
  6. All walks will be assessed before participants take part on the walk and will take into consideration the accessibility of the start and finish place. This will take in the travel arrangements that may be required and adjust accordingly. The adjustment will also take into consideration the lack of public services being open i.e. car parks and toilets.
  7. Walks will not take place in remote places as a precaution to minimise the risk of any injury taking place and the need to call the emergency services.
  8. All participants will receive a Walkers Guide from Walking for Health.

Date: 21/10/2020

Review Date: Review Date: SSoW will be reviewed and regularly updated in line with government guidance.

Review carried out by:  Claire Ridge