asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether, following the passage of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, they have undertaken research on the number of visitors to the England and Wales countryside; if so, how many of these have been repeat visits and how many first time visits; and whether this information is publicly available.[HL1609]
The Great Britain day visits survey of 2002-03 reported on general leisure trips, including those to the countryside in both England and Wales. The England leisure visits survey 2005 provides updated information for England. The reports of both surveys are available to the public via the Natural England website.
Information on how many first time or repeat visits have been made to the countryside were not collected as part of either survey.