Making The Case for Outdoor Learning

Research, reports, policy documents and news items in support of Outdoor Learning


The demand for Outdoor Learning programmes is increasing and strong cases are being made in support of the value of Outdoor Learning. All the following documents in this blog have a connection to the benefits of getting active, sharing an adventure, and enjoying the outdoors. This is dynamic and growing resource - please get in touch to suggest or share an entry.

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The South West Coast Path Health & Wellbeing Assessment Report 2020

Published on Feb 2, 2021

Health and wellbeing benefits of walking on the South West Coast Path valued at over £69 million per year. Research commissioned by the South West Coast Path Association (SWCPA), the charity that looks after Britain’s longest National Trail, has revealed economic health and wellbeing benefits totalling over £69 million per year for people walking on the South West Coast Path (SWCP). The report, which was undertaken in partnership with the University of Exeter, utilises the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) approved assessment tools to calculate the physical health benefits based on the number of premature deaths avoided. From the total, £5.5 million can be directly attributed to people walking on the 630-mile National Trail who wouldn’t be walking elsewhere. This can be compared with similar valuations carried out for the 870-mile Wales Coast Path (£3.5 million) and the England Coast Path (£19 million), which will be 2,795 miles in length when completed.

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