Are you walking responsibly?
Walking is one of the easiest ways to get outdoors and stay active; it’s cheap, easy on your legs and body and you can do it almost anywhere whether you’re in the city or out in the country. Walking is a low-impact exercise and doesn’t require excessive cardio efforts so even if you have existing health conditions, walking can be an easy way to keep fit and build up stamina. If you’re a keen walker and have social media you may be following some walking groups on Facebook. It’s a great platform for new ideas on where to venture to next and it’s a community of people who are genuinely interested to share their experiences with one another. What does get shared is photographs of land being disturbed or not looked after which is disrespectful to others and detrimental to the environment.
Us, as walkers, should be taking care of our surroundings and we should be aware of the sustainability issues that our planet is currently facing. We won’t go into too much detail here… but as a collective, we should be responsible for leaving the paths in the same condition as we found them. So, are you walking responsibly and is there something you can do to protect your local areas and beyond? We hope the answer is yes and if you are unsure, please read on.
Trespass has partnered with Roam Responsibly, who are a collective of outdoor enthusiasts and photographers who have come together to raise awareness of the Countryside Code and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. The campaign #RoamResponsibly is to promote responsible outdoor access. Yes, wild camping and exploring is fun but it can also have a negative effect to our environment. Together, we can help preserve these stunning and unique landscapes.
About Roam Responsibly
Founded in late Spring 2017, the Instagram community came together to voice its concern over the behaviour of the population littering and the general over-use of the land. RR have been sharing images with the hashtag #roamresponsibly which has been recognised by around 30+ Instagrammers who are continuing to spread the word amongst their followers.
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What do you need to know?
Whether you’re walking, hiking, camping, cycling or simply having a picnic at the park, remind yourself of the following:
- Walk with care
Stay on the paved walkways and paths with every step you take. These are made to keep you safe and are placed strategically to protect sensitive areas of the land.
- Leave no trace
The seven principles include:
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimise campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of others
- Outdoor Access Rights
- Everyone in Scotland has the right to access. Established by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. You only have access rights if you use them responsibly.
- You can access over most land and inland water in Scotland including mountains, moorland, woods and forests, grassland, margins of fields in which crops are growing, paths or tracks, rivers and lochs, the coast and most parks and open spaces. Access rights can be used at any time of day (day or night)
- You can access the land or inland for recreational purposes (such as pastimes, family and social activities, and more active pursuits like horse riding, cycling, wild camping and taking part in events), educational purposes (concerned with furthering a person’s understanding of the natural and cultural heritage), some commercial purposes (where the activities are the same as those done by the general public) and for crossing over land or water.
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