Survey: Your movement matters

Posted by Emma Travers on 27/04/2021

We've joined forces with seven of the UK’s leading walking, climbing and outdoor leisure organisations for a ground-breaking research project examining the demographics of people who go walking and climbing.

The project is called Your Movement Matters and it’s all about understanding who is and who is not participating in the different styles of walking and climbing. Every type of movement counts, from walking in local parks or climbing at an indoor wall to camping, hiking and rock climbing adventures in the mountains. Whether you participate once a year, every day, or don’t know how to get started, your movement matters to us. We want to know more about your experiences and what you do.

 

 

The aim is to build a clear picture of what participation currently looks like to support the development and implementation of evidence-based diversity and inclusion strategies within each organisation.

“We know that we have a challenge with equity and diversity in the outdoors,” said John Cousins, Chief Executive Officer of Mountain Training UK & Ireland. “We have some headline statistics about those who participate less and they are particularly people from an ethnic minority background, women and those with a disability or long-term health condition. When it comes to taking action to change those headline statistics, there’s not enough detail to help us understand what’s making a difference or which groups of people are participating in which activity. This research project will allow us to close the data gaps, establish clear baselines for participation in each style of activity and develop the resources available to support driving lasting change.”

TAKE SURVEY: Your movement matters

The research is being carried out by Leeds Beckett University and data is being collected through a survey. The survey is an opportunity to find out, much like the recent census, more about the age, gender, ethnic background, sexuality, disability status and faith of those who walk, climb and camp. It will also target those who are not currently participating to better understand what barriers prevent them from taking part.

Kath Hipwell, Chief Executive of the Association of British Climbing Walls said, “No one is defined by a single characteristic, so the ability to view this data in its entirety will allow us to build a better picture of the individuals who do and don’t participate, in our case, in indoor climbing, and why. This will enable our member climbing walls to better understand the needs of different groups and make relevant adjustments to their offer to make sure everyone is made to feel welcome in climbing and enabled to participate.”

Survey respondents can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 voucher for Ellis Brigham.

Key Facts

  • Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment survey found that engagement is unequal; low income, ethnic minority and older age groups are less likely to frequently visit natural green spaces.
  • A report commissioned by Ramblers Scotland and Paths for All has identified 12 critical barriers and/or facilitators to participation in recreational walking. These include ill and poor health, negative attitudes towards walking and lack of knowledge of routes and options.
  • A report published by Scottish Natural Heritage found that the level of weekly participation in outdoor recreation among members of the BME community is lower than the average for all adults.
  • Research conducted by Sport Wales shows that the pandemic appears to have widened inequalities in sport and physical activity across gender, socio-economic status, long standing illness or conditions, and age.
  • Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland research found that the benefits of outdoor spaces are not being realised equally by all, with only 50% of those from Northern Ireland’s most deprived areas visiting the outdoors at least once a week. This is in stark contrast to the national average of 70% and rising to 82% in the most affluent areas.
  • A report by Sport Ireland found that 61% of those with a long-term illness or disability regularly walk for recreation, this is 66% lower than the general population.

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Wild Horizons is our new BMC hillwalking podcast, hosted by Niall Grimes. With a new guests each week, we discuss the honey pots and the secret spots of Britain's wild places and uplands.

 

Episode 1: Cwm Idwal - Where the Devil cooks up

The black cauldron of Cwm Idwal hangs high above the Ogwen Valley. A wild place of Snowdon lilies and, some say, steam rising from the Devil’s kitchen. At its base sits a lake where, others say, no bird dare fly over. What is this place of heavy magic? Rachael Crewesmith takes Niall Grimes on a journey to Cwm Idwal in the first episode of Wild Horizons podcast.

Episode 2: The South Downs Way - a friendly walk through time

The hundred miles of National Trail, from Winchester to Eastbourne, crosses many thousands of years of history, sometimes just a few inches below your feet. BMC hillwalking rep, Faber Scaglione, looks down, looks sideways and looks far ahead as he takes us along on some of its most special sections.

Episode 3: Helvellyn - Hail, Rain or Shine

It’s the third highest peak in the Lake District, but it has a special appeal that makes it England’s most-loved mountain. But it is a place of big weather. Every day in the winter months, the Lake District National Park sends its fell top assessment team to the summit to compile weather data to improve the safety and enjoyment of park visitors. Niall Grimes sits down with one of this team, Zac Poulton, and asks him, What’s it like today?

Episode 4: Snowdon - For the First Time

For many mountaineers and non-mountaineers alike, the lofty pyramid of Snowdon exerts a strong romantic attraction. The highest peak in Wales and England. Every year many thousands of visitors make their way to the summit. For some it could be their first 3,000 foot mountain.

Snowdonia based guide Kate Worthington gives us the benefit of her great experience and talks to host, Niall Grimes, about the many ways up the mountain, what to look out for and much more knowledge along the way. If you are thinking about a visit, this podcast is essential listening.

Episode 5: Calderdale - Moors, the past and the future

Moorland magic. Bog lover Chris Dean shares his love of the wild wide open above the Calderdale Valley. He turns his gaze upwards to the skies and down to under your feet. He looks back to prehistory and forward to our planetary future.

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