Walking is an enjoyable pastime that should be
approached with safety in mind. The Highway
Code provides clear advice to all
The main things to remember are:
- Use pavement or footpaths if available.
- If no pavement or footpath is available, walk on the right hand
side of the road, so that you can see oncoming traffic.
- Wear something light coloured, bright or fluorescent in poor
daylight or at night.
- Take care of young children whilst walking.
- You may not hear traffic clearly if you are using a mobile
phone or MP3 player.
- Use the Green Cross Code to cross all roads
- Think first – find the safest place to
- Stop – stand on the pavement near the
- Use your eyes and ears – look all around for
traffic and listen
- Wait until it’s safe to cross – if traffic is
coming, let it pass
- Look and listen – when it’s safe, walk
straight across the road
- Arrive alive – keep looking and listening for
traffic whilst you cross.
Although incidents of personal attacks are very rare, if you
are walking on your own, take the following precautions:
- Plan your route so that you don’t look lost.
- Carry a mobile phone and personal attack alarm with you.
- Stick to busy, well-lit places.
Walking With Children
The Walking With Children page contains
information for parents about making sure they children are safe
when walking and properly prepared.
- Walking the
way to Health
An initiative of the British Heart Foundation and the Countryside
Agency that aims to get more people walking in their own
communities on a regular basis.
- British Heart
For advice on improving your health through a more active
For local and national maps and advise on reading maps,
including teaching children to read maps.
Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural
Information on forest walks and the ramblers association.
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This page was last reviewed 6 October 2011 at 16:50.
The page is next due for review 3 April 2013.