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On Board The Kyle Blue, Bristol. Photo: Rhiannon Batten

Guide to the UK's independent hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns

Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 09:35 on Wednesday 23 August 2017
Rhiannon Batten looks at the UK’s eclectic range of independent hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns, many of which can be found via the Independent Hostels UK network.
La Rochelle

Greentraveller's Guide to La Rochelle

Posted by Ginny Light at 09:23 on Monday 03 July 2017
Ginny Light spends a few days enjoying the sights of La Rochelle on the west coast of France
YHA The Sill, Northumberland

New hostels, holidays and partnerships for YHA

Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 03:08 on Friday 30 June 2017
As the YHA's grand project, The Sill, opens for bookings, Rhiannon Batten looks ahead to the most exciting developments at the organisation this summer
View from Le Phare des Baleines. Photo: Ginny Light

Greentraveller's Guide to Ile de Ré, France

Posted by Ginny Light at 10:54 on Monday 26 June 2017
Ginny Light's guide to the idyllic island of Ile de Ré on the west coast of France, with tips where to stay, eat and visit based on her visit there this summer.
Praia do Balea beach Portugal

Secret beaches of Portugal

Posted by Richard Hammond at 08:33 on Wednesday 21 June 2017
Edwina Pitcher chooses her favourite secret beaches from surfing hangouts north of Lisbon to hidden coves in the Sintra-Cascais and sandy beaches of the West Algarve
Flamingoes at the Delta de l'Ebre. Photo: Catalan Tourist Board/Ferran Aguilar

Bird watching and wine tasting in the Terres de l’Ebre, Catalonia

Posted by Paul Bloomfield at 11:31 on Thursday 15 June 2017
As we launch our Greentraveller's Guide to Catalonia, Paul Bloomfield has a bird-watching bonanza while kayaking in Terres de l’Ebre in Catalonia and discovers a remarkable Cathedral of Wine
Green travel guide to Catalonia

Greentraveller's Guide to Catalonia

Posted by Richard Hammond at 11:50 on Tuesday 13 June 2017
Greentraveller has published an online guide to Catalonia with tips on where to stay, local food and drink, visitor attractions and activities, including wine tasting, cycling and kayaking
Spurn Head lighthouse

From Gibraltor Point to Spurn Head, exploring Lincolnshire

Posted by Mark Rowe at 10:06 on Friday 31 March 2017
Mark Rowe tramps through Lincolnshire, discovering beaches and seaside towns: revisiting Grimsby via the city of culture, Hull, before ending up at the magnificent Spurn Point, Holderness.
Benodet Beach near La Pointe St-Gilles Eurocamp, Brittany

Review of Eurocamp at La Pointe St-Gilles in Brittany, France

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:07 on Tuesday 07 March 2017
Richard Hammond and family try out Eurocamp’s pre-assembled camping experience at La Pointe St-Gilles in Brittany
Beach huts at Wells next the Sea. Photo: NCC

Introducing the Coastal Pass

Posted by Richard Hammond at 08:11 on Tuesday 28 February 2017
New booking tool combines cutting edge interactive video technology with an innovative online application that enables visitors to build their own itineraries for the East Coast of England
Electric bike for families

Choosing an electric bike for young families

Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 10:41 on Thursday 19 January 2017
Long-tail or Christiana? Trailors or tag-alongs? What about conversion kits & accessories? Rhiannon Batten sifts through the options to find a practical bike to cycle with her two young boys
New Eurostar trains

Eurostar launches new Interrail fares

Posted by Richard Hammond at 10:37 on Tuesday 03 January 2017
Eurostar has joined rail pass organisation Eurail Group and launched a new, lower and simpler fare for Interrail travellers from £23 single
Skyrunning in Alta Baldai Dolomites Italy

Best of green travel in 2016

Posted by Lucy Symons at 11:00 on Thursday 29 December 2016
Our favourite experiences from 2016, from skyrunning in the Dolomites and bodyboating in North Wales to cycling in southern England and staying in a lighthouse in Northern Ireland

Walking the new extension of the Coleridge Way, Exmoor

Posted by Mark Rowe at 10:45 on Thursday 15 December 2016
Mark Rowe treks along the new 15-mile extension of the Coleridge Way from Porlock, and comes across a herd of Exmoor red deer, England's smallest parish church and some pretty challenging as
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20% off London Youth Hostels

Posted by Lucy Symons at 12:33 on Tuesday 29 November 2016
The Youth Hostel Association is offering a 20% discount for stays at selected London hostels so you can get away to the capital this winter without feeling broke before you get there.

Nature experiences in the UK

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 04:16 on Sunday 13 November 2016
Jini Reddy, author of the recently published book Wild Times, picks out some of her favourite experiences in Britain that connect us with nature and provide a sense of place
Co-wheels on the Isle of Wight

Co-wheels car club launches on the Isle of Wight

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 03:47 on Friday 21 October 2016
Co-wheels car club has launched on the Isle of Wight, providing visitors and residents access to hybrid and low emission cars at key locations across the island
Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries 20% saving on 2017 holidays to France and Spain

Posted by Lucy Symons at 10:58 on Tuesday 18 October 2016
Brittany Ferries has 2 fabulous promotions: Save up to 20% on 2017 holidays to France & Spain and 3 Nights for 2 when you stay at selected French hotels! Grab a bargain before 25th Oct '16
Two Moors Way

40th anniversary of the Two Moors Way, Exmoor and Dartmoor

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 07:22 on Thursday 13 October 2016
To mark its 40th anniversary, the Two Moors Way walking route is being relaunched this autumn alongside a whole host of trail improvements and new initiatives, including a brand new website

Germany's protected areas

Posted by Sarah Baxter at 05:26 on Wednesday 12 October 2016
As we launch our Greentraveller's Guide to Germany, Sarah Baxter celebrates some of the country's special protected areas, from wildlife-rich nature reserves to fairytale forest

Local food and drink in Germany

Posted by Sarah Baxter at 12:09 on Wednesday 12 October 2016
As we launch our Greentraveller's Guide to Germany, Sarah Baxter reveals some of Germany's finest edible delights, from kirsch-soaked black forest gateau
Pulled along the Wadden Sea National Park by horse

Exploring the Wadden Sea National Park, Germany

Posted by Richard Hammond at 10:52 on Friday 07 October 2016
Blogger Victoria Watts Kennedy discovers the beautiful beaches and wildlife in Germany's Wadden Sea National Park.
Cycling in Southern England - road biking

New Video! Cycling in Southern England

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:40 on Wednesday 07 September 2016
Our latest video is about cycling in glorious parts of Southern England whether you're on a road bike, mountain bike or hybrid...

Event: 'Outstanding Week' in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 10:20 on Tuesday 06 September 2016
The UK’s AONBs have come together to organise a 9-day programme of events to help people enjoy these protected areas, from 17-25 September 2016.
Les Sables D'Asnelles, Normandy

A foodie tour of Normandy, France

Posted by Harriet OBrien at 12:22 on Tuesday 16 August 2016
As part of our Greentraveller's Guide to Normandy, writer Harriet O’Brien takes a foodie tour of Normandy and tastes ice cider and succulent scallops, and visits Michelin-starred restaurants
Cycle Rail Awards

Call for photos for annual rail-cycle awards

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 12:06 on Tuesday 16 August 2016
The 2016 Cycle-Rail Photography Competition has been announced as part of the annual National Cycle-Rail Awards promoting integrated cycle-rail travel and sustainable practice
Cycling on Naxos

Outdoor adventure on Naxos and the Small Cyclades, Greece

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 10:14 on Thursday 11 August 2016
As we launch our Greentraveller's Guide to Naxos and the Small Cyclades, Florence Fortnam explores the archipelago by boat, mountain bike and kayak.

Local food and wild ingredients on Naxos and the Small Cyclades, Greece

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 04:20 on Wednesday 10 August 2016
As we launch our Greentraveller's Guide to Naxos and the Small Cyclades, Florence Fortnam discovers some of the islands' finest native ingredients – from mountain goat to wild thyme honey...
Landing page of Greentraveller's Guide to Naxos and the Small Cyclades

Greentraveller's Guide to Naxos and the Small Cyclades

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 10:37 on Wednesday 10 August 2016
Greentraveller and the Greek National Tourism Organisation Board (GNTO UK & Ireland) have published an online guide to Naxos and the Small Cyclades, Greece
Featherdown Farm East Shilveringhampton Dorset

Review of Featherdown Farm at East Shilvinghampton, Dorset

Posted by Richard Hammond at 04:01 on Friday 08 July 2016
Richard Hammond and family try out the 'Featherdown Farm' experience at East Shilvinghampton, Dorset
Tennis courts and where to find them.

Best places to stay with tennis courts

Posted by Lucy Symons at 03:51 on Wednesday 22 June 2016
Summer is here! With Wimbledon just around the corner, we select some the best places to stay with a tennis court.
Salt pans Gozo

Ancient traditions on Gozo

Posted by Yvonne Gordon at 02:21 on Wednesday 22 June 2016
Yvonne Gordon discovers ancient traditions that are part of daily life on the island of Gozo in the Maltese Archipelago in the Mediterranean
Rwamawha Bridge, Rwanda. Photo: Ashden Awards

Bridges to Prosperity wins Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel

Posted by Richard Hammond at 08:50 on Monday 06 June 2016
An international organisation that builds footbridges has been announced as the winner of this year’s Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel.
Rosehill Lodges

Review of Rosehill Lodges, Cornwall

Posted by Lucy Symons at 10:23 on Wednesday 18 May 2016
A refulgent little oasis close to the beach, Rosehill is restful and luxurious in equal measure. Enjoy the best that Cornwall has to offer whilst knowing you're staying somewhere sustainable