Country stroll tops list out 40 favourite pastimes


Walking in the countryside is Britain’s best loved pastime, even beating the likes of Facebook, a study has revealed.

Research carried out among 2,000 adults found a country stroll was voted ahead of eating out and reading a book in the garden to claim top spot.

Enjoying a pint in the pub came fourth in the poll by WWF-UK, just ahead of cooking and playing computer games. Listening to music came in at 7th place, followed by gardening.

Watching football was our ninth favourite thing to do, while a kick-around in the park only landed in at number 26.

Watching TV completed the top 10, and perhaps not surprisingly, surfing the net came in at number 11.
Rachel Bloodworth, a spokesperson for WWF-UK, who conducted the survey to launch the Ecover Blue Mile event, said: “This study shows the wide range of outdoor activities we like doing and we are in fact a very active country.

“It is encouraging however that so many people get pleasure from a simple walk in the country, which costs nothing.

“We are fortunate enough to live in a country where we are always going to be a fairly short distance from a rural location, which means we can escape when we have had enough of the rat race and the stresses of modern life.”

1. A long country walk
2. Reading in the garden
3. Eating out
4. Having a pint in a pub
5. Cooking
6. Playing computer games
7. Listening to music
8. Gardening
9. Watching football
10. Watching TV
11. Surfing the net
12. Walking the dog
13. Camping
14. Facebook
15. Going for bike ride
16. Sunbathing
17. Pottering around the house
18. Attending the theatre
19. Car booting
20. Shopping
21. Watching films
22. Cinema
23. BBQ
24. Watching movies at home
25. Playing golf
26. Playing football in the park
27. Fishing
28. Swimming
29. Hiking
30. Stroll in the park
31. Dancing
32. Drinking
33. Cycling
34. Playing cards
35. Reading Sunday papers in bed
36. Bird watching
37. Dating
38. Board games
39. Writing poetry
40. Playing tennis