Social Walk Risk Assessment


The Social Walk Risk Assessment has been introduced by the NEC to ensure a Covid-19 compliant framework for LDWA social walks.  For all social walks comprising more than six persons (including the leader), a Social Walk Risk Assessment and a Social Walk Register must be completed by the walk leader.  The maximum number of participants approved by the NEC on any LDWA Social walk is thirty.  However North Yorkshire LDWA considers a more cautious limit of twelve participants appropriate at this time.

Walk leaders who do not feel comfortable with risk assessment responsibilities are still encouraged to lead walks of up to six persons including themselves.  Please follow the walk leader responsibilities outlined below, but only the Social Walk Register must be completed in these circumstances.

As Government guidelines and regulations relating to Covid-19 continue to change the LDWA's latest position on Coronavirus can be viewed here.


  • Contact Lynn Hathaway (Walk Secretary) to submit your proposed walk details
  • Currently all walks will be published with a limit of 12 participants, but as walk leader you have sole discretion to ask for a lower limit to be set dependent on how many people you feel comfortable leading
  • Once your walk is published interested participants are invited to contact you to reserve a place - please consider an equitable allocation of places with priority given initially to North Yorkshire group members
  • Non LDWA guests should not be accepted at this time and only members who have pre-registered with you should be allowed to join the walk
  • Following the walk "recce" and other walk planning considerations complete the Social Walk Risk Assessment which may be viewed and printed here


  • Brief all participants on the walk details together with all other relevant requirements as mentioned in the Social Walk Risk Assessment
  • Complete the Social Walk Register which may be viewed and printed here
  • Carry a copy of the following documents with you (electronically or in paper form):
    • Your completed Social Walk Risk Assessment
    • Relevant extracts from LDWA's latest position on Coronavirus to support the legitimacy of your walk comprising more than six persons
      (Note: The LDWA is officially one of two National Governing Bodies for long distance walking)


  • Submit the completed Social Walk Risk Assessment and Social Walk Register as soon as practical after the walk to either Lynn Hathaway or Robert Cope:
    • Hand it to us if either of us are on the walk
    • If you have "scan to email" capabilities (either smartphone or scanner) then email them as two separate documents
    • Similarly if you have a smartphone with "photo to email" capabilities
    • If none of the above is convenient contact either of us

Any questions/problems, please feel free to contact us.

Lynn Hathaway
Tel:           07544 501478


Robert Cope
Tel:           07977 412721