Call from leading UK outdoor groups to participate in walking and climbing survey
New research aims to discover who – and who does not – participate in active pursuits in urban and rural areas
Eight of the UK’s leading walking, climbing and outdoor leisure organisations have joined forces to help fund a research project that will examine the demographics of walkers and climbers.
The initiative is called Your Movement Matters and it is supported by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), the Association of British Climbing Walls (ABC), The Caravan and Camping Club, Mountain Training, National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes (NICAS), Welsh National Outdoor Centre, Plas Y Brenin, the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) and the Ramblers.
The aim of the research, being carried out by Leeds Beckett University, is to try to understand who is – and who is not – participating in different types of walking and climbing.
"Movement" in the survey ranges from a stroll in a park, to climbing at an indoor centre, to mountain hiking to rock climbing outdoors. Your walking or climbing could be a daily outing, weekend adventures or walk once a month.
The research will build a picture of what participation looks like in walking and climbing in the UK – and will then help to develop strategies to make these activities more accessible and inclusive.
Survey respondents can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 voucher for Ellis Brigham.
The Your Movement Matters survey (opens in new tab) takes around 15 minutes to complete.
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Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors (opens in new tab).