YOUR BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING

9 Mar 2005

People in the South Wales valleys are much less likely to undertake walking than other parts of Wales, according to sports experts.

Around 30% of the population have walked more than two miles in the last month but the South Wales Valleys lag behind, especially when compared to their rural counterparts in the North.

At the top of the walking league table is Gwynedd. 49.6% of its population were recorded to have walked two or more miles compared to only 16% of those in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Participation in walking in the 2002/03 survey split by local authority

Gwynedd

49.6%

Swansea

30.8%

Monmouthshire

48.8%

Pembrokeshire

29.9%

Anglesey

44.3%

Bridgend

29.0%

Denbighshire

42.5%

Cardiff

28.8%

Conwy

42.4%

Carmarthenshire

26.4%

Vale of Glamorgan

40.6%

Caerphilly

26.1%

Wrexham

40.2%

Torfaen

25.4%

Powys

40.2%

Newport

18.7%

Ceredigion

36.8%

Merthyr Tydfil

16.6%

Flinshire

36.7%

Neath Port Talbot

16.2%

Blaenau Gwent

31.5%

Rhondda Cynon Taff

16.0%

*All Wales figure: 31.2%