Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey
The Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey (WORS)
measures participation in outdoor recreation amongst adults
resident in Wales. It is jointly commissioned by the Countryside
Council for Wales and the Forestry Commission Wales.
The findings represent the views of people living in Wales
- Use of the outdoors for informal outdoor recreation
- Places visited, on land and water
- Levels of physical activity
- Motivations for using the outdoors
- Barriers to visiting the outdoors
- The ‘latent demand’ for outdoor recreation.
The survey is repeated every three years, with the first round
of data collection undertaken in 2008, followed by a second round
in 2011. The next survey will be commissioned in 2014.
The Full Report and the Technical Report for the Welsh Outdoor
Recreation Survey 2011 are now available.
The Full Report represents the complete results of the survey,
along with comparisons between the 2011 and 2008 data where
The Technical Report details the methodology used in the survey,
and accompanies the Full Report.
The Statistical First Release: Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey:
2011 Results and 2008/2011 Comparison is also available. This
release presents a summary of the initial headline results from the
Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2011 which was undertaken between
January 2011 and January 2012. It also compares data between the
2008 and 2011 surveys.
The Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2011 Data Tables are
available to download below. The 2011 – 2008 Comparison Data Tables
are also available to download.
The Statistical First Release and Data Tables from the 2008
Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey are available to download.
2008 Special Report on Outdoor Recreation and Health in
The Countryside Council for Wales has undertaken detailed
additional analysis of data from the Welsh Outdoor Recreation
Survey on 'Outdoor Recreation and Health in Wales'. The Technical
Report, Summary Report, and Segmentation Profiles are available to
Under the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, access to
official statistics before the first release is limited to those
people essential for production and publication, and for quality
assurance and operational purposes.
Sue Williams, The Countryside Council for Wales
Jeremy Darot, Forestry Commission Great Britain
Sheila Ward, Forestry Commission Great Britain
Sue Ginley, Forestry Commission Wales
In compliance with Official Statistics legislation, pre-release
access is only granted to essential named individuals prior to
publication. A list of those who have pre-release access to the
Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey 2012 Results is below.
Pre-Release Access List 2012
List of individuals who have access to the initial results prior
- John Griffiths-Minister for the Environment and Sustainable
Development. Welsh Government
- John Watkins-Head of Access and National Parks Policy. Welsh
- Roger Thomas-Chief Executive. Countryside Council for
- Dr David Parker-Director Evidence and Advice. Countryside
Council for Wales
- Helen Evans-Public Relations and Events Section Head.
Countryside Council for Wales.