Travel & Leisure

Park life: ensuring green spaces remain a hit with Londoners

The London Assembly Environment Committee recently launched its report, ‘Park life: ensuring green spaces remain a hit with Londoners,’ which looks at what measures should be taken to protect and improve the capital’s green spaces. In the video, hear from the Committee Chair, Leonie Cooper AM, and Londoners about why green spaces are so important in the capital.

Fancy skiing? Loco2 puts the Alps in easy reach as Ski Train bookings open

Loco2 is the best place to book tickets for the direct ski trains and new London to Lyon service, which go on sale today. Only on can skiers book from any UK railway station to the largest number of Alpine resorts in a single transaction. Skiers will be able to connect from their local station to the two direct ski train services that will run each week between London St Pancras International, calling at Ashford International, and Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg St Maurice in France. Read more »

Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse beats hotel giants to green award

A tiny guesthouse in the foothills of Snowdonia has seen off competition from major hotel chains to scoop a national prize for its environmental credentials. Bryn Elltyd Eco Guesthouse beat the reputation and resources of Best Western Hotels' Old Tollgate, in Suffolk, and Park Plaza London (with its 396 bedrooms) to take the Green Team of the Year title in the Considerate Hoteliers Awards 2014. Read more »

South West Coast Path crowned best British walking route

Looking out to sea on the South West Coast Path. Photograph by Richard Taylor.

The South West Coast Path National Trail has been voted the Best British walking route by Walk magazine for the second time in row and the timing couldn’t be more apt. In the past two months, the UK has suffered some of the most severe weather ever to hit these shores and the South West has taken the biggest battering. What the award and the weather have highlighted however, is just how well managed the coastline is for walkers. Read more »

National Forest Way long distance trail opens in May 2014

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Launched as part of the 2014 National Forest Walking Festival, the National Forest Way is a new 75-mile trail through the evolving Midlands landscape. The route, along public and permissive paths, crosses the length and breadth of The National Forest from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire.

The trail leads through young and ancient woodlands, hidden valleys, along canal towpaths, visits the market town of Ashby de la Zouch and celebrates the industrial heritage of this changing landscape at the heart of the Midlands. Read more »

The World Travel & Tourism Council launches Tourism for Tomorrow awards for 2013

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is inviting tourism businesses, organisations, and destinations worldwide to apply for its prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Read more »

Enjoy the Wales Coast Path this August bank holiday

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The Wales Coast Path could be the perfect place to while away some of the bank holiday weekend according to Environment Minister, John Griffiths.

The Minister has urged people to get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery that can be viewed around the 870 mile coast path, and to indulge in a bit of healthy exercise along the way.

“In May this year Wales became the first country in the world to boast a continuous path around its coast. It is a fabulous resource and one that we hope will entice lots more visitors to Wales and provide a real boost to our economy. Read more » launches with free carbon offsetting on worldwide car rental

Until now, when you wanted to hire a car, looking for the best clean and greener options has been a bit of a chore - you needed to search across individual car hire sites, checking models, credentials, availability and location. You might find what you wanted, but not always where you needed it. Read more »

Bournemouth's Green House Hotel certified Gold by Green Tourism Business Scheme

Green House Hotel certified Gold by Green Tourism

The Green House Hotel is the only hotel in Bournemouth to be awarded the highest gold level by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) for its outstanding performance as a sustainable tourism business.

The leading sustainable tourism certification scheme in the UK, GTBS, assesses businesses against a demanding and diverse set of criteria, from energy and water efficiency to waste management and biodiversity. A qualified assessor, who visited the hotel in October, scored the business highly across all categories. Read more »

A new Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for Wales

The beautiful River Dee © Denbighshire CC

Wales has a new Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) following an announcement on Tuesday 22 November by Environment Minister, John Griffiths. Read more »

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