Travel for exercise

Follow the guidelines of 17 April from UK gov and NPCC where it was acceptable to travel for exercise provided the exercise is longer than the driving time. This advice was designed to permit serious outdoor enthusiasts to train or exercise for an extended period. It was also designed to deter travel for picnics, sunbathing, bbq or short walks, which can all be done at, or near home.
The advice could be modified by stipulating a maximum distance from the home, or maximum driving time e.g. 50 miles or 1 hour. Social distancing and cleaning gates or styles would be a condtion of such guideline. This would also take the pressure of urban parks.

Why the contribution is important

It is impotant that people can have some choice, rather than being confined to the same walks or routes day-after-day. Mental and physical health would benefit if individuals could consider a long trip to the country.

Some popular areas, such as Glen Muick and the Cairngorms National Park in Aberdeenshire for example could offer on-line booking for weekends or public holidays.

by GrahamR on May 08, 2020 at 10:25PM

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  • Posted by Dmkeith61 May 09, 2020 at 09:28

    As I live in a rural location my only way to get outside for walking is by doing it on the local roads which is unsafe even with the low levels of traffic currently being experienced. Being allowed to travel up to 1 hour would allow me to go somewhere safer.
  • Posted by DaceK May 09, 2020 at 12:37

    I live in a highly populated neighbourhood of a city so the parks in a walking distance are full of people every day. Leaving 2m whilst running past someone is often dificult. Going for a drive to a more remote location would allow me to exercise in a safer manner. Plus a lot of the people who currently fill up the parks would also opt for a drive occasionally allowing for people without a car to have more space in public parks. In addition to this, I do think that the ability to change exercise location will benefit mental health as many people's routines currently are just home-park (often the same one)-home.
  • Posted by JuliaM May 11, 2020 at 09:51

    People are already travelling to local spots to exercise judging by the number of cars parked at Aberdour Silver Sands, St David's harbour Dalgety Bay & Braefoot!

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