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Forestry Statistics 2013 - 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 over one half of visits to woodland. Around one third of visits to woodland were within 2 miles and around two thirds 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, 2008-2012

 

 2008

2009

20102011  2012
per cent

Main activity during visit

 

 

     

     Walking

 83

85

82 84 81

     Cycling

6 4 7 6  6

     Family outing

5 4 4 2 3

Main transport

 

 

     

     On foot

53 63 51 58  54

     Car/ van

40 36 44 37  39

     Bicycle

5 0 4 4  4

Distance travelled (round trip)

         

     Up to 2 miles

22 35 38 35  34

     Over 2, up to 5 miles

41 35 27 35  38

     Over 5, up to 20 miles

26 21 25 21  18

     Over 20 miles

11 9 10 9  10

Duration of visit (round trip)

         

     Up to 1 hour

20 24 19 27  18

     1 - less than 2 hours

41 39 40 44  48

     2 - less than 3 hours

15 19 18 14  18

     3 hours or more

24 18 23 15  16

Accompanied by dog

50 58 64 66  63

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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