Examining connectivity for recreation in rural areas – an initial methodology
Recreation is increasingly recognised as a valuable function of rural environments, being linked to various health benefits. However, methods are not well-developed for assessing how well-suited rural areas are for recreational activities such as walking. This paper describes work undertaken to measure the connectivity of rural road and path networks for walking, as a preliminary step in assessing recreational suitability based on a variety of landscape factors. It takes methods used for urban areas and applies them to a small rural study area in Norfolk, UK.