Walking is an enjoyable pastime that should be approached with
safety in mind. The Highway Code
provides clear advice to all pedestrians.
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 cross
- Stop – stand on the pavement near the kerb
- Use your eyes and ears – look all around for traffic and
- 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
- Arrive alive – keep looking and listening for traffic whilst
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
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 Foundation
For advice on improving your health through a more active
- Ordnance Survey
For local and national maps and advise on reading maps,
including teaching children to read maps.
- Natural England
Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural
- Rambles Association
Information on forest walks and the ramblers association.
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This page was last reviewed 25 July 2013 at 15:03.
The page is next due for review 21 January 2015.