People are becoming more environmentally-conscious these days, although they still desire to see more of the world. One of the ways to marry these two is to opt for eco-friendly holidays. The fact is, you don’t need to fly halfway across the world (which also increases your carbon footprint) to have a great vacation. There are also beautiful, natural destinations in Great Britain that will impress you.
The fact is, there are many hidden treasures in this country you have not yet heard of. The diversity of sights will mean you do not need to step on a different continent or country. Opting for an eco-tourism destination will also allow you to enjoy all that Mother Nature can give.
What Makes Up An Eco-Tourism Destination?
You will be surprised to find out that there are tons of eco-tourism destinations in Great Britain, with Brighton taking the top spot. Wales and Scotland are also great choices. England has a list of national parks that are protected and maintained and they are there for people to appreciate nature and history of the country.
Other factors that make a destination eco-friendly include the percentage of green spaces (when it comes to cities), rates of cycling or accessibility by public transport. People also want to visit places that have sustainability practices like recycling and vegan dining options. Even the number of Farmer’s markets is a good thing because it supports local farmers and produce (which has a lower carbon footprint).
England’s Eco-Tourism Spots
There are a number of eco-tourism destinations you should check out, and these are just some of them.
- The Eden Project in Cornwall
- The Peak District in Derbyshire, specifically the national park and upland area
- The New Forest in Hampshire, which is a national park and rural forest
- The Lake District in Cumbria, both a national park and a mountainous region that includes the biggest lake in England, Windermere
- The Broads in Norfolk, which also has a national park and lowland area
- Dartmoor and Exmoor in Devon and Somerset, with national parks and upland parts
- The Jurassic Coast in Dorset and Devon, designated as a World Heritage Site
- The National Forest in Derbyshire, Staffordshire, and Leicestershire
- The Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire and Cumbria, an upland area and national park
- The South Downs in East Sussex and Hampshire, with a national park comprising of sea cliffs and chalk uplands
This list does not include all of the districts that have actual places designated as areas of natural beauty or national parks. Nor does it include the 12 national trails, miles and miles of protected coastline that includes most of Cornwall. There are also destinations that are not in the countryside, offering the cities some green spaces.
An eco-friendly vacation is not just about hiking and camping out. There are many ways to enjoy nature and travel in a sustainable way, which these eco-tourism spots offer their visitors. These destinations represent the future of tourism, where people can take their much-needed breaks without increasing their carbon footprint. As many cities and counties develop similar spots, a holiday is no longer a reason to feel guilty but rather a way to explore the world in an earth-friendly way.