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Greentraveller's Guide to Northumberland National Park

Greentraveller's Guide to Northumberland National Park

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 02:00 on Wednesday 02 September 2015
As part of our ongoing celebration of inspiring places to visit in the UK, we have produced a Greentraveller's Guide to Northumberland National Park
mushroom foraging in Zagori, northwest Greece

Local food and mushroom foraging in Zagori, Greece

Posted by James Stewart at 01:51 on Friday 28 August 2015
James Stewart discovers some of Zagori's finest ingredients – from crumbly feta to mountain lamb – and the passionate producers behind them, and goes mushroom foraging in a hidden woodland
Vikos Gorge, Zagori, Photo: Costa Zissis

Hiking in the Pindos mountains, Zagori, Greece

Posted by James Stewart at 05:37 on Wednesday 26 August 2015
Writer James Stewart treks through Greece's Pindos mountains – a walker's paradise in little-known Zagori – home to the dramatic Vikos Gorge and the elusive chamois mountain goat
Zagori, Greece

Greentraveller's Guide to Zagori and the Epirus Coast, Greece

Posted by Richard Hammond at 01:56 on Monday 24 August 2015
We have published an online guide to the stunning region of Zagori and the Epirus Coast in the northwest of Greece.

Greentraveller's Guide to the Alpine Pearls

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 01:08 on Tuesday 18 August 2015
As part of our ongoing celebration of inspiring places to visit, we have produced an introductory Greentraveller's Guide to the Alpine Pearls, a collection of 27 beautiful alpine areas
Electric bikes on a Headwater holiday

Headwater launches Electric Bike Cycling Holidays

Posted by Lucy Symons at 02:42 on Tuesday 04 August 2015
Adventure tour operator, Headwater, launches optional electric bikes; quick, nimble and easy to use, e-bikes are becoming an increasingly popular way to see the sights.

Introducing the Peak Cycle Shuttle

Posted by Lauren Jones at 04:39 on Monday 27 July 2015
Introducing the Peak Cycle Shuttle - a great new service for accessing traffic-free family cycling in the Peak District National Park to & from the best traffic-free cycle trails in the area
Macsadventure image of Santiago

Walking and cycling Spain's Camino de Santiago, 'The Way of St James'

Posted by Lucy Symons at 03:24 on Wednesday 22 July 2015
It's St James' Day (Santiago's feast day) on 25th July, so why not be inspired to tackle Spain's Camino de Santiago, 'The Way of St James'?

Guided walks with the Cotswolds AONB

Posted by Harriet OBrien at 01:14 on Tuesday 14 July 2015
Writer Harriet O'Brien joins the Cotswolds AONB on one of their free guided walks and discovers butterflies, bluebells and wild orchids

Walking in the footsteps of Wild Wales

Posted by David Atkinson at 02:27 on Thursday 09 July 2015
David Atkinson follows in the footsteps of George Borrow, whose 19th-century travelogue Wild Wales is now available as an app, allowing walkers to retrace the author's route from Chester

Learning the art of dry stone walling in the Cotswolds

Posted by Harriet OBrien at 03:38 on Wednesday 08 July 2015
Writer Harriet O'Brien visits a farm in the Cotswolds to learn the craft of dry stone walling on a rural skills course run by the Cotswolds AONB

Eurostar Express Kids Sale

Posted by Lucy Symons at 10:42 on Wednesday 08 July 2015
Make the tooth fairy's money go further!
Clever adventure in France

Reviewing Green Places to Stay in France

Posted by Lucy Symons at 10:25 on Wednesday 08 July 2015
A week of hurtling through the French countryside visiting some fabulous accommodations listed on the Greentraveller website, eating great local food and meeting some amazing owners.

Local flavours of the Kent Downs

Posted by Harriet OBrien at 11:57 on Tuesday 07 July 2015
Writer Harriet O'Brien discovers vineyards, hops gardens, orchards and fruit farms on a whistlestop tour of innovative local food producers and microbreweries in the Kent Downs
Skyhouse view and South Downs

Review of Skyhouse, Lewes, East Sussex

Posted by Lucy Symons at 12:54 on Tuesday 30 June 2015
Visit an amazing zero carbon B&B perched on a lofty hill overlooking the genteel town of Lewes, in the South Downs, which doesn't stint on luxury and yet welcomes dogs.
Miranda Krestovnikoff on the New Forest Tour

Miranda Krestovnikoff rides the New Forest Tour

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:26 on Friday 26 June 2015
We sent television presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff (The One Show, Coast & President of the RSPB) on the New Forest Tour - the open top bus that travels around the glorious New Forest

Identifying bumblebees on a wildlife walk in the Kent Downs

Posted by Harriet OBrien at 05:00 on Wednesday 24 June 2015
Writer Harriet O'Brien encounters bees, butterflies and bluebells on a wildlife tour of some of the Kent Downs' most spectacular species of flora and fauna
Greentraveller's Guide to the Kent Downs

Greentraveller's Guide to the Kent Downs

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 02:00 on Wednesday 24 June 2015
As part of our ongoing celebration of inspiring places to visit in the UK, we have produced a Greentraveller's Guide to the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
FYTbus Isle of Wight

FYTbus - the Isle of Wight's local minibus service

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:25 on Wednesday 24 June 2015
We've produced a video about the FYTbus - an innovative local minibus service on the Isle of Wight.
One of the many glorious beaches in the South of France

Voyages SNCF offers tickets to the South of France for £99 return

Posted by Lucy Symons at 10:43 on Wednesday 24 June 2015
Voyages SNCF is offering tickets at only £99 return to the South of France and a special offer for 10% off on all City Passes to enjoy discounts throughout the region
YHA Cycling Infrastructure Investment   Photo: YHA

YHA launches cycle maintenance tutorial

Posted by Lucy Symons at 11:54 on Thursday 18 June 2015
The YHA has invested chunks of change in upgrading their cycling provision at several of their hostels and it doesn't stop there - check out their handy online tool to bike maintenance.

The economic value of England's AONBs and National Parks

Posted by Richard Hammond at 09:02 on Wednesday 17 June 2015
A new publication has been produced highlighting the value of England's protected landscapes to the economy.

The Mont Saint-Michel Bay Walk, Normandy, France

Posted by Paul Bloomfield at 02:22 on Tuesday 16 June 2015
Writer Paul Bloomfield follows in the (bare) footsteps of pilgrims through the centuries on a walk across the sands to Normandy’s famous monastery-mount.
Les Boites a velo Ashden Awards Sustainable Travel

Les Boîtes à Vélo & Tapazz Win Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel

Posted by Lauren Jones at 12:25 on Monday 15 June 2015
Pedal-powered business Les Boîtes à Vélo from Nantes and Antwerp-based car sharing company, Tapazz, have won the 2015 Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel.
Stonehenge circle, Wiltshire

How to travel to Avebury & Stonehenge without a car

Posted by Richard Hammond at 08:01 on Monday 15 June 2015
We have produced a series of videos about how to travel to Avebury and Stonehenge without a car... less carbon, more fun!

Greentraveller's Guide to Normandy

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 04:53 on Wednesday 10 June 2015
As part of our ongoing celebration of inspiring places to visit, we have produced a Greentraveller's Guide to Normandy
Une Campagne en Provence

Review of Campagne en Provence, Bras, France

Posted by Lucy Symons at 10:39 on Tuesday 09 June 2015
Campagne en Provence, popular with the retired crowd, yet also ideal for families to release free-range children where they can frolic at will with the donkeys and geese.
Les Orangeries Photo: Lucy Symons

Review of Les Orangeries, Poitou Charante, France

Posted by Lucy Symons at 04:16 on Friday 29 May 2015
A sophisticated oasis in the centre of France, Les Orangeries – it’s a great stop off point if you are travelling further south, but honestly should be a destination in and of itself.
Les Clauzades

Review of Les Clauzades Vieille, Lot Valley, France

Posted by Lucy Symons at 03:36 on Friday 29 May 2015
Staying in Les Clauzades Vieilles is a rare chance to experience luxurious autonomous French Country living – perfectly imagined by an English family with loads to do on site or off.
La Figurie, Barrau

Review of La Figuerie, Barrau, Tarn et Garonne, France

Posted by Liz Granirer at 01:14 on Thursday 28 May 2015
If you’re looking for peace and quiet, enjoy wildlife and star gazing and want it in a truly beautiful setting away from it all, this is definitely the place to come.
Sweet French Cottages

Review of Sweet French Cottages, Aveyron, France

Posted by Lucy Symons at 05:12 on Wednesday 27 May 2015
Lance and Rain, privileged to be looking after this little corner of The Lot Valley, act as stewards for their old buildings bringing them back in to usage whilst preserving their history.
véloroute CP Lot-et-Garonne CDT

The Tour de France in the Lot Valley, France

Posted by Lucy Symons at 12:49 on Wednesday 27 May 2015
Several stages of the Tour de France will pass through the stunning Lot Valley from 17-20th July this year. Here's our guide to some of the cycle routes in the area.

Peak District Visitor Transport Survey

Posted by Richard Hammond at 10:27 on Thursday 21 May 2015
Love the Peak District? Please complete our transport survey about bus services for a chance to win a collection of travel publications!