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Walking and hiking among most popular recreation

Posted 29 August 2012
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Walking and hiking among most popular recreation
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A new survey of the recreational habits of Britons has found a fifth of people like to go walking regularly.

The M&S Money study showed 21 per cent of people like to undertake this activity, making it the joint second most popular alongside swimming.

A further 19 per cent enjoy running and athletics, while 17 per cent like cycling, whether on road bikes or mountain bikes.

The relative cost of these is quite cheap compared with other things people could do with their leisure time.

For example, the expense of walking and hiking is £26 a month on average, while cycling costs £29 a month.

That means the cost of walking boots, waterproof trousers or cycling helmets works out much less than, for example, attending a football match, where the price of a ticket for a game may be considerably more.

Walkers in London may save tube and train fares by taking part in free organised walks to the Paralympic venues over the coming days, which have bene devised by the Ramblers.

They include the Excel Centre, Greenwch Park and the North Greenwich Arena as well as the main site in Stratford.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801438510-ADNFCR