8 January 2002
Half of Welsh visited countryside

By FWi staff

MORE than half of the people living in Wales visited the countryside during the autumn, according to the Countryside Council for Wales.

A survey found that visitors regard peace and quiet as an escape from the urban life, but want to enjoy it without causing problems for farmers.

There was clear demand for practical advice on respecting the countryside and those who lived in it, the results show.

Visitors wanted more guidance about their rights and responsibilities.

The commission responded with a promise to consult widely over the right-to-roam, and to bring the Country Code up to date.

But commission officials reminded the public that new access would not be in force for at least two years.