Go all out: Have your say in the great outdoors debate

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Over a thousand people have told us what impacts their enjoyment of the outdoors since we launched our great outdoors debate last month and there’s still time to share your own views and let us know what’s important to you.

Our volunteers have been visiting gear shops, pubs, parks, hilltops, paths and beaches to seek out people’s views on the future of the outdoors and the feedback has been pouring in, but do you agree and are there other things that affect your use of the outdoors too?

There have been concerns about the lack of public transport – particularly at weekends and in rural areas – and the condition of the path network, with blocked and poorly maintained paths holding people back from getting outdoors.

We’ve also been hearing about safety issues, from street lighting in towns to signage in remoter areas, and there have been calls to improve accessibility for disabled walkers, wheelchair users and families with pushchairs.

The environment has also been high on the agenda with people worried about development, such as in the green belt, as well as the impact of pollution and litter on the natural environment and our use of the outdoors.

“It’s great to get this conversation started and hear how deeply people care for the outdoors,” said Ramblers Chief Executive Benedict Southworth. “The outdoors environment is facing some serious challenges and we want to make sure we’re ready to protect what people care most about.”

“We want everyone to have their say so we can take action and help protect the great outdoors for future generations” added Benedict. You can share your views by chatting to our volunteers, completing our online survey by 18 December, downloading a discussion kit or tweeting us @RamblersGB using the hashtag #GoAllOut.

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