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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!

Job Vacancy: sustainable transport consultant

Posted by Richard Hammond at 04:29 on Friday 15 May 2015
We're looking for an experienced sustainable transport consultant to join our expanding sustainable transport consultancy
Wheatland Farm VisitEngland Award

Wheatland Farm, Devon wins 2015 VisitEngland Sustainable Tourism Award

Posted by Richard Hammond at 08:39 on Tuesday 12 May 2015
Wheatland Farm, a clutch of eco chalets and a stone cottage in North Devon, has won the Sustainable Tourism Award in the national VisitEngland Awards.

The Future of Sustainable Travel

Posted by Richard Hammond at 10:28 on Wednesday 22 April 2015
On Thursday 23 April, Ashden will be hosting an online travel chat on twitter on the future of sustainable travel.

TripAdvisor's GreenLeaders programme wins Tourism for Tomorrow Award

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:42 on Thursday 16 April 2015
TripAdvisor’s sustainable hotel programme is one of five organisations to win one of the annual World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
Chefs on board: Tables et Saveurs de Bretagne

Celebrating 25 years of Tables et Saveurs de Bretagne

Posted by Lucy Symons at 01:08 on Tuesday 24 March 2015
Lucy Symons boards Brittany Ferries Pont Aven ferry to St Malo to join the celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the French association: Tables et Saveurs de Bretagne.

Walking Glyndwr’s Way National Trail, Mid Wales

Posted by Paul Bloomfield at 11:43 on Tuesday 24 March 2015
Paul Bloomfield spots kites, a Roman fort and soaring peaks on a 15-mile stretch of the Glyndŵr’s Way, a glorious National Trail linking Welshpool and Knighton via Machynlleth
Cycling the new Langdale trail, Cumbria

Visitor car travel in the Lake District down by 14.5%

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:27 on Wednesday 11 March 2015
Research released today reports that visitor car travel around the Lake District has decreased by estimated 7.8 million kilometres over the past 3 years.
Cotswolds Green Holidays and Sustainable Travel

Greentraveller's Guide to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:58 on Tuesday 10 March 2015
As part of our ongoing celebration of inspiring places to visit in the UK, we have produced a Greentraveller's Guide to the Cotswolds AONB with support from the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

Finalists announced in Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel 2015

Posted by Richard Hammond at 11:52 on Tuesday 10 March 2015
The finalists have been announced for the 2015 Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel.
Glyndŵr’s Way

Introducing Glyndŵr's Way National Trail

Posted by Richard Hammond at 10:35 on Friday 06 March 2015
Heard of Glyndŵr’s Way? This little-known National Trail carves a beautiful and remote 135 mile loop through the open moorland, rolling farmland and forests of Mid Wales.
Manor House Stables

Manor House Stables Recognised in Lincolnshire Awards

Posted by Lucy Symons at 01:47 on Thursday 19 February 2015
Greentraveller would like to congratulate Manor House Stables on their Highly Commended in the Self-catering and Teaching Establishment of the Year in the Lincolnshire Hospitality Awards.
Ramla Bay, Gozo

Feeling the blues - and golds - of Gozo

Posted by Yvonne Gordon at 09:59 on Wednesday 18 February 2015
Yvonne Gordon discovers how local artists explore the vibrant colours of the landscape on the Mediterranean island of Gozo

Greentraveller's Guide to Gozo

Posted by Richard Hammond at 11:05 on Tuesday 20 January 2015
As part of our celebration of great places to visit, we've published a Greentraveller's Guide to Gozo, one of most beautiful islands in the Maltese Archipelago.
Slow Travel Jungfrau Train Holiday

The Joys of Slow Travel

Posted by Richard Hammond at 11:38 on Monday 19 January 2015
I wrote a small piece in the Guardian this weekend about the joys of slow travel. Here is an extended version of the article...
Mountain Wilderness Ashden Awards © Eric Monnier - Mountain Wilderness

Longlist announced for Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel 2015

Posted by Richard Hammond at 01:40 on Tuesday 13 January 2015
The longlist for the 2015 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel has been announced, including six sustainable travel schemes from the UK, plus two from Belgium and two from France.
Somerset and Exmoor Sustainable Tourism

Greentraveller's Guide to Somerset and Exmoor

Posted by Richard Hammond at 11:00 on Tuesday 13 January 2015
Where to stay, eat, shop and go in Somerset and Exmoor, our latest guide supporting sustainable rural tourism experiences in the south west.
The best of eco travel in 2014

Best of green travel in 2014

Posted by Richard Hammond at 04:53 on Sunday 28 December 2014
Our favourite experiences of the year, compiled by Paul Bloomfield, Sarah Barrell, Rhiannon Batten, Paul Miles, David Atkinson, Helen Voce & Richard Hammond
Avignon centre

New Direct Eurostar London to Lyon, Avignon, Marseille now open for booking

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:36 on Friday 12 December 2014
Tickets for Eurostar’s new year-round service to Lyon, Avignon and Marseille are now on sale, with fares starting from £45.50 single in Standard Class to Lyon

Festive train rides for families

Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 12:06 on Friday 05 December 2014
All aboard for the Santa Express! Rhiannon Batten selects 15 heritage railway lines that open in winter to provide a series of festive trips that are a great day out for families.
The Start B&B, Hay on Wye

Review of The Start B&B, Hay on Wye

Posted by Lucy Symons at 05:38 on Tuesday 02 December 2014
Lucy Symons builds up a good appetite riding a tandem in the Black Mountains and enjoys the hospitality and home made jam at a charming riverside B&B on Hay on Wye.
Drover Holidays Wye Valley Meander

Review of Drover Holiday's Cycling Holiday, Wales

Posted by Lucy Symons at 01:41 on Thursday 27 November 2014
Lucy Symons tests her balance riding a tandem through the mountains of Wales on Drover Holidays wonderful self-guided meander through Wye Valley.
Ferry from UK to Ireland

How to travel to and from Ireland without flying

Posted by HannahFitzgibbon at 10:37 on Wednesday 26 November 2014
Our guide to how to travel to and from Ireland by train & ferry services to/from Scotland, Wales and England, including the popular Sail Rail initiative...

Festive trips by train in the UK

Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 10:25 on Friday 21 November 2014
From experiencing Dunster by Candlelight using the West Somerset Railway to a luxury break at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, here are five ways to enjoy the festive season by train.
Wheatland Farm Eco Cottages

Wheatland Farm wins sustainability award at the Devon Tourism Awards

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:43 on Thursday 20 November 2014
Greentraveller member Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges, near Winkleigh, Devon, won Gold for sustainable tourism in last night's Devon Tourism Awards 2014.
Foxtwood Cottages in the Peak District

Review of Foxtwood Cottages, Peak District

Posted by Lucy Symons at 12:40 on Thursday 20 November 2014
Lucy Symons finds herself wedged between a picturesque canal and beautiful lake in a Peak District holiday cottage on a farm, contemplating the best spot to pitch her bbq.
Bath Christmas Market

UK Christmas Markets by train

Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 04:53 on Sunday 16 November 2014
The trend for German markets in the UK has taken an exciting new direction, playing host to a range of gifts, food and decorations from local artists, small food producers and crafts people

Christmas Markets in Europe by train

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:36 on Monday 27 October 2014
With less than 60 days to go until Christmas, now's a great time to book rail travel to Christmas Markets in Europe.
Skier at Lille

Eurostar launches 6hr service to Geneva

Posted by Richard Hammond at 10:38 on Wednesday 15 October 2014
Eurostar has announced a new year-round service from London to Geneva via Lille, in partnership with international high-speed train service TGV Lyria, which will take just over 6 hours.