Getting Active Outdoors

National lockdown: Stay at Home

As of January 5th 2020, England is in a national lockdown, please see below for government guidance on sport and physical activity:

Exercising and meeting other people

You should minimise time spent outside your home.

It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting).
This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
    or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

Public outdoor places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • playgrounds

Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.

View the latest Government Coronavirus Advice

Outdoor Sports

Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.

Advice from National Governing Bodies

For further advice on particular sports, we recommend visiting the NGB website for each sports. You can find the links here.


Leisure and sports facilities are not open.

We’ve gathered together some advice on getting started with walking, running and cycling and links to find places to go to exercise outdoors.

woman and child walking

Getting Outside During Covid-19 Website

The Ordnance Survey has joined forces with Natural England to create The Getting Outside during Covid-19 website bringing together current advice from government, councils and other outdoor organisations, to help you decide where to go and what to do in the open air.

The site enables people to search by activity and location for suggestions and ideas about how they can enjoy the outside safely. Search Lincolnshire and see what you can find!


Many of us have discovered the pleasures of walking during our daily exercise during the Covid-19 epidemic. Walking is not only great exercise but also beneficial for mental health and wellbeing. One of the great things about walking is it doesn’t require any equipment and can be fitted easily into your daily routine. You don’t have to go on long walks to reap the benefits, if you walk briskly then 15 minutes a day can have a positive impact on your health.

If you’re already a keen walker, check out  Getting Outside During Covid-19 site (above) to look for new routes in Lincolnshire. Our Go- Explore app is also a great way to discover new routes to walk near you. The app has routes suitable for all levels of fitness.

If you’re walking in the Countryside, please remember to follow the Countryside code.

Getting Started

If you’ve not been active for a while and are unsure about your fitness levels, just remember to take it easy and build up the length of your walks gradually.

The NHS have helpful information about beginning walking including links to the free Active 10 app, which encourages daily brisk walking. Read more

Getting started if you have a health condition

This guide from the Ramblers Association/ Health walks provides helpful advice about walking if you have an underlying health condition. Most of the advice is relevant now, but please note this page is published pre-covid. Read more

Walking with Toddlers and Children

Some top tips from Sustrans for walking with toddlers and children. Read more


If you’re new to running the free Coach to 5k app is a great place to start.  The app builds you up with time and effort, so you’ll always be impressed with what you can do. A virtual coach will guide you through the 9 week programme. Read more about the programme

Download the App on the App Store

Download the App on Android


Riding a bike is fantastic exercise, and it’s also an environmentally friendly way to travel. In Lincolnshire most people won’t be too far from some picturesque countryside to cycle through, and most of it is also flat!

If it’s been long while since you got on a bike or you’ve never cycled before check out this NHS Cycling for Beginner’s Guide 

British Cycling have created Let’s Ride Local to encourage safe and responsible cycling – the website includes tips and advice on riding locally, as well as instructions on teaching children how to ride. Read more

Sustrans have some great advice for people new to cycling, as well as links to cycle routes. Read more

Follow the links below to find link to more information about cycle routes in Lincolnshire by district/ area. Many of these also feature links to local cycling clubs, which you might want to join when lockdown restrictions allow you to do so.

Visit Lincoln has information about Cycle routes in and around Lincoln and across Lincolnshire

Cycle Routes by area:

Lincs Wolds

North Kesteven

West Lindsey

South Kesteven