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Visits to woodland - household surveys

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Household surveys in Wales

Natural Resources Wales and its predecessors (Countryside Council for Wales and Forestry Commission Wales) commissioned a Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey (WORS) in 2008, 2011 and 2014. The survey provides data on Welsh residents' participation in informal outdoor activities and visits to the outdoors, including woodland. Further information on the survey, including copies of reports and data tables, is available at http://naturalresources.wales/our-evidence-and-reports/welsh-outdoor-recreation-survey/?lang=en

Table 6.4 shows the main characteristics of recreation visits where the main destination of visit was woodland, from the Welsh Outdoor Recreation Surveys. Walking was reported as the main activity in around two thirds of visits to woodland. Car or van was the main mode of transport for around three fifths of visits to woodland. Around one quarter of visits to woodland in 2014 were within 1 mile and around one third were for less than two hours. Respondents were accompanied by a dog in around one half of visits to woodland.

Table 6.4  Woodland visit characteristics1- Wales, 2008, 2011 & 2014

 

Woodland visit characteristics

2008 

 2011

2014 

 per cent 

Main activity during visit

 

 

 

     Walking

68

 68

64

     Off road cycling, mountain biking

8

 7

 3

     Horse riding

4

 4

 2

     Running

 4

 7

 6

     Sightseeing or visiting an attraction

4

 3

 1

Main transport

 

 

 

     Car/ van

47

 57

 56

     On foot

43

 37

 37

     Bicycle/ mountain bike

7

 1

 3

Distance travelled (one way)

 

 

 

     0 distance, up to 1 mile

44

 48

 25

     Over 1 mile, up to 5 miles

26

 30

 47

     Over 5 miles, up to 20 miles

18

 14

 20

     Over 20 miles

12

 8

 8

Duration of visit (round trip)

 

 

 

     Up to 1 hour

10

 8

 5

     Over 1 hour, up to 2 hours

29

 34

 26

     Over 2 hours, up to 3 hours

25

 21

 24

     3 hours or more

36

 37

 45

Accompanied by a dog

60

 53

 54

Source: Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2008, carried out by Ipsos-MORI, and Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2011, carried out by TNS, for Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and Forestry Commission Wales, and Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2014, carried out by TNS for Natural Resources Wales.

Notes:

1.  Visits where the main destination was woodland. 

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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