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Car-free days out at National Trust properties

Posted by Richard Hammond at 11:03 on Saturday 02 April 2005

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Visitors to National Trust properties are being encouraged to leave their cars behind and use greener forms of transport. The National Trust has published an online guide to how to travel car-free to its properties by bus, bike, ferry and train.

In May and June (bank holidays excluded), visitors travelling by train to National Trust properties and sites will be able to enter for two for the price of one. A valid rail ticket must be shown together with a voucher from leaflets which will be available from mid-April from train stations or on the National Trust website.

According to a Trust spokesperson, over 90% of visitors use their cars to get to National Trust sites, even though over 200 properties are within 2km of the National Cycle Network and there are numerous bus, train and ferry services that provide alternative ways of reaching the properties.

Two of the most successful green transport initiatives highlighted in the guide are The Pembrokeshire Coastal Cruiser bus service linking the surf beaches of Broadhaven and Freshwater West, and a restricted vehicle initiative at Greenway Garden in Devon, where over 60% of visitors now arrive by green transport, including a ferry link along the River Dart from Dartmouth.

Pembrokeshire is home to a variety of sustainable holiday options. The Adult Adventure Holiday offers five days of fun and discovery along the rugged Pembrokeshire National Park coastline. Activities include surfing, kayaking, coasteering and cliff jumping. At night, you can relax at the 5* eco lodge. Buy tickets for trains to Pembrokeshire

The guide also includes details of a new daily "park and float" ferry service from Ponsharden, near Falmouth to Trelissick garden in south Cornwall. Boats leave from the Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth and cost £4 single for adults, £2 for children (01326 374241).

This article, by Richard Hammond, was first published in the Guardian.

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