The main objective of this thesis is to develop an approach for exploring, analysing and interpreting movement patterns of pedestrians interacting with the environment. This objective is broken down in sub-objectives related to four research questions. A case study of the movement of visitors in a natural area is used to develop and demonstrate the approach. To achieve the objectives, four research questions were formulated: • How can movement patterns evidencing the stopping behaviour of pedestrians be detected? • What is the validity of the detected movement patterns for describing stopping behaviour of pedestrians? • How can movement patterns be applied to study the movement behaviour of visitors in natural areas? • How can movement patterns be formalized to represent the interactions between pedestrians and between pedestrians and their environment?