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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, super popular with the discriminating 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!

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