It all just makes you want to pack up your rucksack and head off on a good long walk in the hills, right? But, with the sudden measures introduced to prevent the spread of Covid-19, that, we’re sorry to say, is off the cards.
Over the last seven days the situation has changed rapidly. Not so long ago, a walk in your local hills, based on the noises from the government, seemed to be allowed so long as social distancing was practiced strictly. Queue hundreds of people heading to climb Snowdon and Pen y Fan. Now, we find ourselves in lockdown.
The latest order from the UK government is that everyone needs to stay in their homes and this means that it’s time for all of us to put our outdoor hobbies on hold for now. A short walk or cycle in your locality is currently permitted once a day. It appears that driving to a beauty spot, based on a recent video shared by Derbyshire police force, is no longer something that’s being tolerated.
Statement From The BMC
“The BMC and mountain rescue teams advise all climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to stay in their home area and put all climbing and hill walking on hold.
“Last week, the government advice was ambiguous, and over the weekend thousands of people headed to the hills, mountains and coasts of the UK.
“Today, the message from the governments, mountain rescue teams, outdoor industry, local communities, police and doctors is very simple: stay local and only travel for essential purposes.”
A Message From The Scottish Mountain Rescue
“All travelling to the hills stops now for all of us. There will be plenty of help needed in your own communities in the coming weeks and we need to look after ours.”
Read more from Scottish Mountain Rescue here.
Events Cancelled Or Postponed
Some events that have announced cancellation or postponement include Keswick Mountain Festival, The OMM Festival, The Outdoors Magic Trail Race, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, The Outdoor Tradeshow, Banff Film Festival, The Great Outdoors Challenge, The London Marathon and The Night Of Adventure. We recommend you check the event website to find out about potential rescheduling.
We’ll continue to keep this article updated over the coming days and weeks.