Your views on the outdoors

Walkers in conversation with Ramblers CEO Benedict Southworth in Edale

Walkers in conversation with Ramblers CEO Benedict Southworth in Edale

For the last three months people across the country have been telling us what matters to them about the great outdoors, from good public transport in rural areas to the importance of getting kids active outside and championing the natural environment.

Over a thousand people have joined our great outdoors debate, chatting to our volunteers out on the trail and downloading discussion kits to talk about the big issues with friends and colleagues, and there’s still time for you to get involved and have your say by completing our online survey.

We want to know what you love about the outdoors and what you think will most affect it in the future so we can help keep your great outdoors, great. Whether you're worried about pollution or simply love walking in your local park, we want to hear from you.

Enter the survey by 5.30pm Thursday 18 December to be part of a big conversation across Britain about the great outdoors. We want as many people to be involved as possible so make sure you share it with your family and friends too!

Glyn Davies


Isn't that link out of date from Dec 2013 or are you still soliciting views? 8000 local people signed up against these inefficient landscape monstrosities here on Anglesey alone - it is nothing more than eco opportunism for hungry profit driven companies.

There is nonsense spilled about 'when a better technology comes along these structures will simply be removed" - absolute nonsense. No company is going to take down money makers just because another company has developed something actually efficient. They will be there for at least two generations trashing a 'sense' of wildness and natural beauty, a beauty which Britain is famed for with it's vast natural variety within such short distances.

Here on Anglesey, an amazing view of the Welsh hills has been badly damaged already by just two turbines - "how?" might you ask ?

Well when you stand on the beach, you used to be able to marvel at the stunning natural profile of the mountains, but now the rapid 'flicking' as the blades catch the light means that you simply cannot look away from them, the movement draws your eyes involuntarily to them and so the tranquility, serenity and comforting aesthetic of just visually tracing a landscape profile with the human eye, is gone forever for the everyone over 50 in this region - and that's just for 2 turbines - let alone the dozens they intend to build.

No longer can we look towards the sea horizon and wonder about journey, escape and the big world over the ocean, now we have a 50 mile wide stockade of industrial giants stabbing the sea and the journey. We are fenced in and are being speared all around. This is NOT creative writing, this IS happening here and now on the once beautiful isle of Anglesey - and over the span of the Irish Sea where the Rhiannon Windfarm and Celtic Array are set to expand by many more miles. Yet the whole industrial mess won't match the output from one modern nuclear station built on a non-seismic square mile. Don't get me wrong, I am aware of the continuing issues with nuclear waste but we have to ask ourselves, when living within an industrial wiring network (yes these turbines will also demand vast new numbers of pylons too) just WHAT have we left where we can continue to find a 'sense' of nature, of openness, of spiritual escape. These elements CAN still be experienced even in a landscape influenced by man, but not when the visual space of these man-influenced landscapes is slashed and stabbed by 500ft+ high steel giants in their thousands.

Emma Bovill, Web Editor


The survey was running at the time of publication but has now expired.

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