Using Country Lanes
Many walks include at least a short
stretch of walking along country lanes. The potential dangers are obvious,
but just following the guidelines on this page will minimise the danger.
1. Always walk in single file.
2. Walk along the side of the road facing
oncoming traffic. When a vehicle approaches, move over as far as you can, onto
the verge if necessary.
3. If there is a blind bend, cross over
onto the side of the road on the outside of the bend, where you can see the cars
and they can see you better!
4. If you are walking along a country lane
in poor visibility, then it is a good idea for the front person to carry a torch.
However, it should be pointed at the ground some distance ahead, so that drivers
can see the torchlight, but you are not shining it in the drivers' eyes. You
should also wear reflective, or at least light, clothing.
5. Keep close control of children when
walking along roads. Also, keep dogs on leads.
6. Don't be tempted to accept lifts from
strangers... it's often tempting at the end of a long walk, but safety first!
If you are driving along a country lane,
keep a look out for walkers.
1. Always drive slowly and carefully...
don't rush home after a walk, surely you can wait an extra five minutes to get
in the bath!
2. If safe to do so move
over when you approach walkers. However, take care not to move into the path of
3. Take care when passing walkers... watch
out especially for young children and dogs, and slow down as you pass them.
4. Sound your horn as you go around blind
bends. This will alert walkers to your imminent arrival, and SLOW DOWN.
5. If driving along a road with large
numbers of walkers around, turn your headlights on, even if it's during the day.
6. Turn the radio down, or off, so that
you can hear shouts from walkers, or other drivers sounding their horns.
7. Please also read our document entitled
Parking in the Countryside.