Be able travel a short distance by car to do daily exercise walking on beach

To allow people to travel short distances by car to walk on beach for daily exercise. Remaining only with same household members and staying within restrictions of social distancing should anyone else be on beach.
Perhaps due to remote locations limit travel by car to nearest beach.

Why the contribution is important

To promote mental and emotional well being.
Adds a variation to area of exercise.

by Jaruic on May 09, 2020 at 12:42PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 4.5
Based on: 16 votes


  • Posted by RosieMcMac May 09, 2020 at 12:59

    I agree with this but would depend on the impact potential road accidents could have on Nhs
  • Posted by Bec May 09, 2020 at 12:59

    Totally agree, we're in Inverness and you can't socially distance in areas like the canal when trying to do your daily exercise but just 15 miles away there's an enormous beach where even on the busiest summers day theres more than enough space for people to maintain more than a 2m distance.

    As the lockdown continues we need to be trusted to behave sensibly within our local area. I'm not suggesting we should be allowed outwith our region but where's the issue in driving for 20-30 minutes to access an outdoor space?
  • Posted by Geoffgriggs May 09, 2020 at 13:07

    You are already allowed to do this as long as you use common sense. Driving 15 mins to go for a nice walk in the country is fine, but driving 2 hours for a quick jog is not.
  • Posted by Stephen666 May 09, 2020 at 13:35

    Walk to the beach or don't go.
  • Posted by BigRuthy May 09, 2020 at 13:45

    Not all of us want to " jog" but for many older people a nice walk is important and meeting with family and friends to do this is equally important as long as social distancing is observed. Being isolated at home is no way to live!
  • Posted by Annescotlass May 09, 2020 at 16:06

    Limited distance to travel should remain for longer. We are now into ‘wants’ rather than ‘needs’. We are all fed up with the same scenery/ walks but let’s remember the reason for this.
  • Posted by L71 May 09, 2020 at 16:19

    Absolutely agree, without driving my daily exercise offers nothing more than residential streets. I would benefit massively from being able to get out into the countryside & could manage this with a drive of less than 10 miles
  • Posted by Eladram May 09, 2020 at 16:22

    There is still some ambiguity about this that needs to be clarified. I would be happy to be able to drive say 5 or 10 miles then go for a long walk observing social distancing, but the rules/guidance are not clear.
  • Posted by Rachel_T1502 May 09, 2020 at 16:45

    There are a lot of problems with overcrowded pavements within the city- being able to drive even a small distance to an area with more space would enable more effective social distancing
  • Posted by Moragsimmers May 11, 2020 at 08:00

    People living in rural areas do not always have a safe option to exercise, specifically if they live next to main roads. Rural roads are still busy. There has been absolute confusion regarding the rules on travelling short distances by car to exercise. This needs absolute clarity. The rules would suggest you can travel a short distance in your LOCAL area - say 10 minutes max. However what seems to be nothing short of social media Chinese whispers has made this basically a crime. It is often safer to travel a short distance by car to exercise SAFELY than to risk walking along rural roadsides.
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