Supporting walkers with sight impairments
Many thanks to the University of Exeter, University of Sussex and British Blind Sport for compiling this guidance in collaboration with Walking for Health. The information in this document is based on Dr Sarah Bell’s ‘Sensing Nature’ project, a two-year study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and Dr Karis Jade Petty’s research with walkers who have impaired vision at the University of Sussex.
This guidance includes:
Please note: While this guidance does include information about guiding, Walk leaders cannot guide visually impaired walkers while on a walk, as their responsibility is to lead a safe and enjoyable walk for all participants. The role of the walk leader, in relation to visually impaired walkers, is to recognise and address potential challenges en route, and to ensure people feel welcomed and supported.