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  • Local Attractions in the Yorkshire Dales

    You can see working looms, check out the changing exhibitions, events and workshops, and buy work by local artists and craftspeople in the retail galleries (the gorgeous rugs are hard to resist). farfieldmill.org Gayle Mill Step back in time at this 19th-century sawmill which is full working order after a comprehensive restoration project. The Folly house the Museum of North Craven Life with exhibits on local history. You might be surprised to learn that the village played a key role in the Industrial Revolution, with local textile mills flourishing and bringing wealth to the area. grassingtonfolkmuseum.org.uk The Forbidden Corner Its claim to be ‘the strangest place in the world’ might be a bit exaggerated, but The Forbidden Corner in Middleham is definitely an unusual attraction. Kids can hunt for clues and hidden objects, adults can turn their hand to fly fishing, and there’s a great farm shop stuffed with local goods and restaurant selling homemade fare. kilnseypark.co.uk Parcevall Hall Gardens Garden lovers shouldn’t miss Parcevall Hall at the heart of Wharfedale. In the visitor’s centre you can see the remains of wolverines – a giant member of the weasel family that were discovered here. stumpcrosscaverns.co.uk For information on local food and drink, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to The Yorkshire Dales

  • Local Attractions in Anglesey

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Anglesey, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of local attractions in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Wales. There are nature parks to keep children entertained, museums where you can brush up on local heritage, visitor centres for rainy days and stunning gardens to wander around. Learn about local shipwrecks and the tragic story of HMS Thetis – a submarine which flooded on its first sea trial in 1939 killing 99 men. Round off your visit off with a bite to eat at the Harbourfront Bistro. holyheadmaritimemuseum.co.uk Swtan National Trust-owned Swtan (a name believed to be derived from a local species of fish which was caught here) is a fully restored 17th-century thatched cottage – the last of its kind in Wales. There's a courtyard tea rooms and gift shop, too. nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-newydd-house-and-garden For information on characterful accommodation, local food and drink, and outdoor adventure activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to Anglesey

  • Local Attractions in the North Pennines

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the North Pennines, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of local visitor attractions, from gardens and museums to visitor centres in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the north of England. You’ll find advice and displays on walks, wildlife, geology and other local attractions. However, with a 200 acre deer park, magnificent ornamental walled gardens and a traditional coach house, be sure to spend just as much time exploring the castle grounds, too. raby.co.uk/raby-castle/ Durham Dales Centre This fantastic visitor centre in Weardale is not just well stocked with local information - you'll also be able to pick up some delicious home baked food to enjoy in the tearoom or out in the garden. Also on site you'll find a range of shops selling everything from local books and maps to specialist photography and local handmade crafts. Another highlight is the Weardale Tapestry, a beautiful 15ft-long free style embroidery that depicts the history of Weardale and finally there is access to High House Chapel, the oldest Methodist chapel in continuous weekly use, and the story of John Wesley and his travelling evangelists. weardalemuseum.co.uk For information on local food and drink, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to the North Pennines

  • Local Attractions in Nidderdale

    Great museums tell the tale of the area, galleries sell the wares of local artists – and just outside the AONB in Masham, the two traditional breweries are worth a stop. Among artists are Sarah Garforth, who paints and sketches local landscapes, and Eric Ward who creates beautiful ceramics and glazed sculptures. Bed and breakfast is also available at Park House on the estate and there’s a beautiful caravan park too. jervaulxabbey.com Washburn Heritage Centre A modern extension to the 17th century Fewston Church, the Heritage Centre celebrates the history of the Washburn Valley through exhibitions and events, from talks to food and drink tastings. Overlooking the Swinsty Reservoir and surrounded by woodlands, it’s a great place to check out frequently changing exhibitions on aspects of local heritage, and there’s a permanent exhibition in the church itself. The reservoirs support a broad range of wildlife, from tufted duck and teal to goldcrest and curlew. washburnvalley.org For information on local food and drink, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to Nidderdale

  • Local Attractions in the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of local attractions in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north Wales. The recently refurbished Barn is used for environmental education by school groups, and can also be hired for children's birthday parties, as well as meetings, conferences and local community events. There's more information at the visitor centre or telephone: 01978 822780. old.wrexham.gov.uk/english/leisure_tourism/TyMawrCountryPark.htm For information on characterful places to stay, local food and drink, and nearby outdoor activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley

  • Local Attractions in The Howardian Hills

    Courses and workshops, run by local artists, include pottery, willow weaving, paper making and stone carving, or you can hire the whole space for your own creative class or party. rsme.org.uk For information on local food and drink, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to the Howardian Hills

  • Local Attractions in Dedham Vale

    There is also a charming little café in the gift shop serving cakes, teas and coffee. gainsborough.org Dedham Art and Craft Centre Housed in a converted church, the Dedham Art and Craft Centre has three floors of shops and stalls, showcasing the work of over 30 local artisans. When you’ve finished browsing, the tearoom has a tempting vegetarian menu of freshly prepared food, from light lunches to mouth watering cakes and scones. dedhamartandcraftcentre.co.uk Churches in Dedham Vale There are church towers all over the Dedham Vale landscape, some iconic and imposing and others unassuming and quietly blending in with the landscape. He lived here for over 40 years, and whilst Munnings was perhaps best known for his paintings of racehorses, he also had a passion for landscapes and prolifically painted the local countryside and the characters that lived there. Also don’t miss Munnings’ studio which contains more of his works and painting materials, and gives a unique insight into how he worked as an artist. siralfredmunnings.co.uk Flatford This cluster of buildings now bustles with visitors, but once upon a time it hummed with activity as the site of a working water mill and busy waterway where horse drawn barges would travel up and down the River Stour through the locks and on to local market towns. Alternatively you could just relax with a picnic, but keep a pair of binoculars handy to watch out for the wide variety of wading birds that take up residence on the internationally important Cattawade Marshes. dedhamvalestourvalley.org For information on local food and drink, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to Dedham Vale

  • Local Attractions in the Kent Downs

    Their packed events programme includes things such as beaver evenings and butterfly craft events - great ways to get children involved in nature, whilst their Living Landscape and Living Seas projects aim to reconnect local residents with their natural surroundings. Please note, the Fort is accessible on Open Days and tours can be booked on specific dates throughout the summer and autumn months. english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/western-heights-dover For information on local food and drink, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to Kent Downs AONB

  • Local visitor attractions in the Cotswolds

    Our pick of top attractions has been made with a close eye to intrinsic commitment to nature, the environment, local community and conservation. One of the criteria used to select businesses was to choose members of the green travel grading organisation Green Tourism or the 'Our Land' initiative in which businesses described how they sustain their environment, support their community, and share their knowledge of the local landscape. The pots are made from local Warwickshire clay using hand-thrown techniques. Managed by popular TV Presenter Adam Henson, Cotswold Park Farm is a centre of conservation for rare breeds – and a special area where visitors can learn more about biodiversity and the local environment opened here in 2013. Open February–December. cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk For information on characterful places to stay, local food and drink, and nearby outdoor activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to the Cotswolds

  • Local attractions in the Peak District

    You'll also be able to make the most of the Peak District's sustainable shops, selling everything from eco jewellery and clothing to bespoke works of art and specially-designed furniture made from local wood. Guests will enjoy the range of locally produced food on offer at the restaurant, which is located in the 17th Century stable block. There's also a small mill shop where you can buy a selection of oats and flour, as well as local recipe books. Some of the top exhibitions include a collection of Ice Age animal bones and teeth from Peak District caves and quarries, a local fine art collection, a collection of Carboniferous limestone fossils and the archives and libraries of geologist Professor Sir William Boyd Dawkins. They also contribute to a vibrant community of local crafts people by trading wool and sharing skills with other local farmers, spinners and weavers. broughleafarm.com For information on nearby characterful places to stay, local food and drink, and outdoor activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to the Peak District

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