Green Holidays

Green Holidays - Enjoy Exmoor's Great Outdoors

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green_tourism_goldEnjoy the great outdoors – on foot, bike, bus or steam train. Stay at green accredited accommodation and enjoy local produce in tranquil and friendly surroundings.

Exmoor offers the perfect environment for enjoying yourself outdoors and leaving your car at your accommodation base. The unique Moor Rover bus service will collect you and drop you off, with your bike or dog, at your chosen destination to enable a linear or circular walk.

The ExploreMoor website also has a choice of self-guided walks based on local public transport. These include both circular and linear walks across Exmoor written by experienced local guides.

If you prefer two wheels, then Exmoor is one of the best places to enjoy mountain biking with a wide choice of off-road bridleways to follow. For those who prefer to keep on tarmac then the quiet country lanes are a delight for seeing Exmoor close-up.

Are you a stargazer? Or have you often wondered what these recent television programmes are all about, looking at the Milky Way? Exmoor is part of the Dark Skies project and is an excellent place to see the heavens without light pollution from street lights and towns. You can get some amazing photos on clear nights and even with just binoculars, you will be surprised at how much and how far you can see.

GreenTraveller's Guide to Exmoor

GT Guides"In turns serene and severe, forbidding and bucolic, harsh and homely, Exmoor has long captured the imagination of poets and novelists: Shelley and Coleridge were drawn here, and RD Blackmore immortalised Exmoor in his novel Lorna Doone – a literary pilgrimage to the Doone Valley is as good a reason as any to delve into the moor's interior.

The coast, though, has its own drama: Britain’s longest national trail follows the moor’s extremity as it soars to the top of England’s highest sea cliffs and plunges to rocky coves. Walking is surely the best way to explore Exmoor, whether tracing the South West Coast Path, the Two Moors Way or any of the countless tracks threading through heather and gorse."

Greentraveller's Guide to Exmoor National Park details the greenest places to stay and eat, as well as activities and family-friendly attractions and how to explore Exmoor by public transport.

Europarc ‘Charter for Sustainable Tourism in protected areas’

europarc_fedExmoor is the first English National Park to achieve the Europarc ‘Charter for Sustainable Tourism in protected areas’.

The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism is a practical management tool which helps protected areas to continuously improve the sustainable development and the management of tourism taking account of the needs of the environment, the local population and the local tourism businesses.

The Charter is not a typical quality or eco-label but a process-oriented methodology that can be used and applied by all kinds of protected areas. The Charters focus is on initiating and assisting a process of sustainable tourism planning which will lead to sustainable development step by step. The Charter assists this process by providing a 'strategy development kit' which contains principles, a methodology and check-lists for the protected areas to work with. The implementation of the Charter methodology increases the awareness of and support for European protected areas.