Walking on your own

Be smart, be safe

Walking is one of the safest physical activities you can do, but accidents can happen and if you’re out on your own it can’t hurt to be aware of the risks and to let someone know where you have gone and when you expect to be back.

If you're worried about security when walking alone in quiet places, this advice may help:

  • Change your route if you feel unsafe for any reason.
  • Consider taking a personal alarm.
  • Avoid using headphones to listen to music if this stops you from remaining alert. 
  • Make sure someone is aware when you plan to be back.

For more advice on walking in the countryside alone see the Ramblers website.


Take the Wales Pedometer Challenge!

Loving what walking does for you? Then why not tackle Let’s Walk Cymru’s Wales Pedometer Challenge? You, colleagues, family or friends could walk the distance of the Welsh Three Peaks - or set up a team to walk right round the world. Sign up today and get started! Wales Pedometer Challenge.



Get mobile with your mobile!

The FREE Big Welsh Walking Challenge app is like having a personal coach right there in your pocket, offering advice and inspiration on how to build up your walking levels. The 12-week programme will take you from first steps to routes that’ll really raise your heart rate, with a new challenge every day to help you progress, goals to reach, graphs to track your progress and tips on how to get the most out of walking. Sponsored by Sport Wales, the app’s perfect for helping you build up your fitness in preparation for the BIG Welsh Walk.



Wales’s most wonderful walks

Ramblers’ Routes is an online library of hundreds of great walks created by the Ramblers that gives you the freedom to explore safe, inspiring trails in your own time. They’re designed by Ramblers volunteers and each one is checked by another Ramblers expert before it’s approved as a Ramblers’ Route. They includes everything from short urban strolls ideal for the beginner to long-distance hill-country hikes, and each has a route card featuring directions to get you to the start, route descriptions, points of interest and multiple mapping layers, including Ordnance Survey Landranger and Explorer maps. You can print the route out and even download GPS data.