Outdoor activities in Northern Ireland ‘remain high’ since pandemic | Newry News

Posted by
editor@newrytimes.com
Thursday, September 1st, 2022
Community

Local charity Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland has announced a 130% surge in traffic to its OutmoreNI.com website, which lists information on hundreds of trails and places across NI, including walking trails, cycling trails, canoe trails, and forest parks, beaches and other outdoor areas.

 

Outdoor activities in Northern Ireland 'remain high' since pandemic | Newry News headlines

 

The news comes as the charity’s recently-published People in the Outdoors Monitor for Northern Ireland (POMNI) report shows that around 7 in 10 adults living in Northern Ireland now visit the outdoors for leisure at least once per week.

This equates to 144 million annual visits per year.

The findings are consistent with increased traffic to the OutmoreNI.com website and demonstrate that the unprecedented rise in outdoor activity throughout the pandemic shows no signs of abating.

 


 

Ad NT Tender for Growth Programme (400 × 400px)

 


 

A considerable 47 per cent of respondents to Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland’s 2020 Engaging with The Outdoors During Covid 19 Lockdown in Northern Ireland report said that they had spent more free time in the outdoors during lockdown than in 2019.

The POMNI survey, which interviewed members of the public between November 2020 and October 2021, also shows that 72 per cent of people interviewed said that their local green space is within easy walking distance, allowing frequent enjoyment of the outdoors.

This increases to 79 per cent for urban areas and decreases to 57 per cent for rural areas.

The outdoor activities cited as most commonly undertaken by respondents were short walks, dog walking, spending time playing with children, and running.

This is also reflected in OutmoreNI.com users’ searches for walks, cycle trails, parks and beaches.

The survey’s participants reported a wide range of benefits from engaging in outdoor recreation, with 78 per cent stating that they gained a sense of wellbeing, including feelings of calmness, relaxation, refreshment, and revitalisation.

This is consistent with findings from The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA’s) Wellbeing in Northern Ireland, 2020/21 report which show that people living in rural areas, surrounded by green space, report a significantly greater sense of happiness and life satisfaction and a lower sense of anxiety than those living in urban areas.

Beverley Magowan, Marketing Manager at Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland says, “It is great to see such an uptake in people exploring the outdoors and we hope that it continues.

 


153799_Buttercrane_Its-Personal_C17_Newry-Times - news in newry - newry newspaper


 

“OutmoreNI.com can help people across NI to locate the country’s best walks, trails, family-friendly activities and water sports.

“However, we wish to remind people to explore the outdoors responsibly.

“We would encourage anyone exploring NI’s great outdoors to stay on the Right Side of Outside.

“You can do this by planning ahead – checking the weather and bringing the right equipment such as clothing, footwear, map, wet suit, paddles etc.

“You should also ensure that your dog is kept on a lead to avoid worrying livestock and disturbing wildlife and ensure that you take your dog waste and litter home with you.

“It is also critical to avoid starting open fires in the countryside and to limit camping or lighting a BBQ to designated areas.

“Finally, we would urge you to be considerate of locals by not blocking access and only parking your car in designated spaces,” she adds.

To discover a range of outdoor trails and places to explore throughout Northern Ireland, click here.

 


Keep up to date with all the latest Newry news, what’s on Newry, and Today’s Newry News Now HERE.


 

Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed

-->

This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing editor@newrytimes.com

Log in