Forestry Statistics 2012 - Recreation

Woodland visit characteristics

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Table 6.4 shows the main characteristics of recreation visits, where the main destination of visit was woodland, from the latest five years of the Scottish Recreation Survey.

Walking was reported as the main activity in around four fifths of visits to woodland. Walking was the main mode of transport for around three fifths of visits to woodland. Around one third of visits to woodland were within 2 miles and around three quarters were for less than two hours. Respondents were accompanied by a dog in around two thirds of visits to woodland.

Table 6.4 Woodland visit characteristics 1 - Scotland, 2007-2011

 

2007

2008

200920102011
per cent

Main activity during visit

 

 

     

     Walking

83

83

85 82 84

     Cycling

4 6 4 7  6

     Family outing

4 5 4 4  2

Main transport

 

 

     

     On foot

53 53 63 51  58

     Car/ van

42 40 36 44  37

     Bicycle

4 5 0 4  4

Distance travelled (round trip)

         

     Up to 2 miles

30 22 35 38  35

     Over 2, up to 5 miles

40 41 35 27  35

     Over 5, up to 20 miles

20 26 21 25  21

     Over 20 miles

10 11 9 10  9

Duration of visit (round trip)

         

     Up to 1 hour

23 20 24 19  27

     1 - less than 2 hours

47 41 39 40  44

     2 - less than 3 hours

12 15 19 18  14

     3 hours or more

18 24 18 23  15

Accompanied by dog

62 50 58 64  66

Source: Scottish Recreation Survey, carried out by TNS, for Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.

Notes:

1.  Visits where the main destination was woodland. 

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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