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Runners and Walkers

If you’re out for a walk or run near water it’s worth taking a minute to read our safety advice. Many people who drown are walking or running alone.

  • Make sure your walk or run is suitable for your fitness level
  • Consider joining a running or walking group
  • Be aware and take notice of any warning signs
  • When running or walking next to water, stay clear of the edges
  • River banks and cliff edges may be unstable and give way
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing
  • Take a fully charged mobile phone and check signal strength, know how to use it and who to call in an emergency
  • Look out for trip or slip hazards - pay attention to your footing
  • Stick to proper pathways
  • Don't walk or run next to water if levels are high
  • Make sure you know exactly where you are - consider something like an OS locate app for a smart phone or a map
  • Don't assume just because you have walked or run a route many times before it is still safe.
  • Avoid walking or running near water in the dark