The Great Outdoors Is Indeed Great!
The findings of a new survey released today
show that nearly everyone in Wales enjoys visiting the great Welsh
outdoors – and that more than half of us want to enjoy it so much
The findings of a new survey released today show that nearly
everyone in Wales enjoys visiting the great Welsh outdoors – and
that more than half of us want to enjoy it so much more!
The Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey is the most comprehensive
survey of the informal use of the outdoors by adults living in
Wales. It is commissioned jointly by CCW and Forestry Commission
Wales, and is undertaken every three years. The results from the
2011 survey have just been published, and provide not only a
detailed view of how, where and why people are using the great
outdoors, but also compares the results with the last survey
conducted in 2008 to see what has changed.
Amongst the highlights of the report are:
- 95% of people have visited the outdoors at least once in the
- 60% want to visit outdoors more for recreation and in
particular to do more walking and cycling.
- Only just over a quarter (27%) visit the outdoors frequently
enough for it to benefit their health.
The survey also found that the outdoors is open to everyone,
regardless of income or gender. However, not everyone gets out to
enjoy the outdoors as much as others, with lower levels of
participation from elderly people and those with a disability.
Speaking about the report, Environment Minister, John Griffiths
“In a week in which we are basking in the glory of London 2012,
I think many of us are feeling inspired to live more active and
“This report gives us valuable intelligence about how people
across Wales are living. It is heartening that so many of us are
already enjoying getting out and about in Wales, and that 60% of us
are keen to do so more frequently.
“The challenge now is to turn that good intention into action.
The Welsh countryside and coast is the perfect back drop for a
family stroll, a bracing walk, a bike ride or a run, and with the
opening of the Wales Coast Path earlier this year there has never
been a better time to get out enjoy all that Wales has to
Although the overall level and frequency hasn’t changed over the
last three years, what activities people do has altered. In
particular there has been a significant increase in the use of
outdoors for informal games and visiting playgrounds; wildlife
watching; and some more active pursuits such as mountain biking,
cycling and running.
According to Dr David Parker, CCW’s Director Evidence and
“Whilst walking is still the most popular way to enjoy the
outdoors, it has declined. This, coupled with the increase in the
increase in more active pursuits, clearly shows the increased
diversity of activities that people undertake. These findings will
help us understand what we need to do differently in future if
everyone is to have the kind of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors,
in a way that is right for them” added David Parker.
People visit a wide range of places for outdoor recreation –
from the mountains to the sea and from forests to local parks.
There has been a significant increase in visits to woodlands and
forests as well as to beaches, but a decrease to visits to local
For more information about this press release please contact
Bran Devey on 07747767443 or Meinir Wigley 07720428644
NOTES TO EDITORS
- The full report can be found on
- The Countryside Council for Wales is a Welsh Government
Sponsored Body, working for a better Wales where everyone values
and cares for our natural environment. More information about our
work is available on www.ccw.gov.