Great outdoor form of exercise. If performed with own house hold is unlikely to pose significant risk in our sparsely populated terrain. will be excellent for mental health. Especially after recent severe lockdown.

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Great for mental health and relief from lockdown. Easy social distancing.

by Col on May 08, 2020 at 08:00AM

Current Rating

Average rating: 4.7
Based on: 30 votes


  • Posted by alpirie May 08, 2020 at 08:18

    100% agree. Needs clear guidlines on travelling to hills, how far a drive is acceptable etc.
  • Posted by mangoditch May 08, 2020 at 08:19

    This is a great idea, though travel to hills should be within a radius of home of 20 miles (say), to reduce spread of virus to rural areas. Also there is the issue of mountain rescue: if people are allowed to go hill walking before any other exercise I suspect people without experience, knowledge or equipment may get caught out on higher tops. Rescue is personnel intensive hence hill walking should be limited to lower hills, for the time being, to allow a ramp up of other solitary exercises.
  • Posted by Ciniod May 08, 2020 at 08:21

    Certainly one of the lowest risk activities I would have thought.
  • Posted by frazzledhometeacherandhomeworker May 08, 2020 at 08:25

    Agree that we need access to a variety of outdoor spaces - pounding local city streets for daily exercise has limited appeal by now. The risk is low and the benefits are huge.
  • Posted by mcmillana May 08, 2020 at 08:28

  • Posted by thecircle1904 May 08, 2020 at 08:38

    Fully agree with this
  • Posted by JingsCrivens May 08, 2020 at 08:39

    yes, if people pay the full cost of any rescue / recovery required.
  • Posted by Col May 08, 2020 at 09:20

    Good idea. Makes sense, encourages fitness, mental health. Easy to do with family circle, own car isolation.
  • Posted by paulagnew May 08, 2020 at 10:13

  • Posted by colinmck May 08, 2020 at 11:48

    MRT Would never agree to charging folk for rescue.
    Hill walking is statistically safer than cycling, but I don't see anyone saying don't cycle.
    See BMC statistics released this week on their website regarding comparable dangers.
  • Posted by RPaling May 08, 2020 at 12:38

    Agreed with above points. Very easy to keep distance when out walking. Can sometimes walk a day without seeing anyone. Would also help reduce congestion in local parks, cycle paths etc

    Would suggest to work with an organisation like Scottish Mountain Rescue to develop a framework on how people can get back in the hills.
  • Posted by Johnlee May 08, 2020 at 13:58

    I am a keen hill walker and want to get back into the mountains where, with keeping distance from friends, infection risks must be low. However we need to wait until mountain rescue teams can resume service and are organised to take suitable precautions. Scottish Mountaineering are collaborating with other organisations to support a return to outdoor activities and I will wait for the go ahead from them before venturing out.
  • Posted by Laurianna May 08, 2020 at 20:35

    Totally agree - hillwalking is very therapeutic and great exercise. I do agree that we shouldnt be travelling upwards of 40 miles to get there however. I have the Angus glens on my doorstep and very keen to go there soon
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