Rigid beliefs about femininity often limited women's freedoms and choices. And leisure time was not something that was afforded to women of every community and class in the 1800s and early 1900s.
For women who could afford them, though, playing sport, following fashion, and travelling, were enjoyable pastimes that grew in popularity during the Victorian era.
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The opening of parks and green spaces within cities was common in the 1800s. These spaces gave people more opportunities to enjoy outdoor sporting activities.
Putting was an acceptable leisure activity for women because it allowed them to maintain their femininity. Like croquet, a game involving hitting balls through hoops on a lawn, it did not require strenuous or forceful movements.
The development of the railway networks opened up a whole new world of tourism. The Scottish Highlands, in particular, became a popular destination for travellers.