With so many miles of footpaths criss-crossing the UK, it is not surprising that when you’re out walking you often have a footpath all to yourself. Enjoyable as this may be, it does make it difficult to know just how many fellow walkers are out there.
Every year the government, via Sport England, runs a household telephone survey in England to answer that very question. Here’s a few of the latest survey findings...
86% of people walk at least once per month. Given that 15% of people over 16 years old have a mobility difficulty that limits their walking, that means most people who can walk make at least one 10 minute walk per month.
56% of people walk recreationally for at least 10 minutes once per month. This compares to just 10% of people cycling recreationally at the same frequency.
43% of people walk recreationally for at least 10 minutes once per week.
17.5% of people usually walk recreationally for between 1 and 2 hours every day. That equates to more than 7 million adults in England.
Statistics taken from data tables and statistical release for the Active People Survey, administered by Sport England. The survey is a household telephone survey in England with a sample size of more than 160,000 persons. Data released April 2014.
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7 December 2014