Three-quarters of English and Welsh adults say they have been enjoying more time outside since the beginning of the pandemic, reveals survey

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17th March 2022 18:04 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

Three-quarters of English and Welsh adults say they have been enjoying more time outside since the beginning of the pandemic: A recent survey into what will get more young people to enjoy going outside has revealed that three-quarters of British adults say they have been going outside more since the start of the pandemic. However, the study also uncovered that many do not know the rules they are expected to follow in the countryside.
 
The poll, by outdoor footwear brand Merrell, surveyed English and Welsh adults to look into how they choose to spend their time outdoors. However, it was revealed that 49% of those surveyed said they didn’t know about the Countryside Code, with nearly two-thirds of those being between the ages of 16 and 24-years-old.
 
The Countryside Code is a set of rules, that you must follow, and guides that you are recommended to follow when enjoying activity in the British countryside. Although the code has been in place for nearly 70 years, the study supports the idea that it should be changed with more and more people choosing to spend time outdoors; especially young people.
 
Being out in the countryside is proven to increase mental wellbeing, with 43% of 18-35-year-olds believing it has improved their mental health. Furthermore, 83% of young people say they are more likely to spend time outdoors since the start of the pandemic.
 
Although 51% of those surveyed said they had heard of the Countryside Code, one in 10 said they thought it was a book by a famous author. 


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