Netflix and chill? Young people are more likely to head off on a ramble, survey finds

  • 2018 has seen a significant increase in the number of young adults hiking
  • Just under half of all the respondents stated that they ramble in order to improve mental health
  • Huge spike in the popularity of walking clubs within cities


More than half of young adults are pulling out their wooly socks, lacing up their boots and adventuring into the great outdoors, a recent study has found.

The YouGov survey of 18 to 24 year olds commissioned by Merrell found that 51% of young people took up rambling to relax.

These findings come at a time where 75% of mental health problems are established by the age of 24.

The Northern Quota took a straw poll at Man Met to see what people think of the idea.

The fresh air always seems to help

Eve Brennan, a first-year linguistics student at MMU, said: “Living in the city centre it’s harder to just go for a walk, I just tend to watch some TV or put some music on.

“I can understand why you would go for a walk, back home I quite often go for a quick walk, but that’s in the countryside, not in the city centre. It’s just too busy.”

Tom Jenkins, a 21-year-old student said: “I do find that being trapped in the house all day does get to you, and I mean the fresh air can’t be bad for you.

“I do find myself going for a walk when I get the chance, whether that’s just nipping to the shops or whatever. The fresh air always seems to help.”

Whether it is for leisure or health reasons, in a generation where people are getting more and more attached to technology, it seems that young adults are beginning to step away from their screens and enjoy the outdoors more.