What's the most eco holiday choice?

If you've discounted simply staying at home or taking day trips by public transport, then the next greenest option is to holiday in the UK.

Award-winning large coastal holiday cottage with stunning views across Lyme Bay in East Devon. Built in 1897, Upcott House is one of the highest rated luxury

Heron Cottage
Heron Cottage
Biddenden
Kent

Heron Cottage is a large detached house with parts dating from the 16th Century.  Peacefully set in six acres of grounds surrounded by unspoilt countryside, it is situated between the ancient village ...

Eaton Manor
Eaton Manor
Church Stretton
Shropshire

Eaton Manor Country Estate is a glorious rural retreat set in 500 acres of peaceful Shropshire countryside, offering award winning luxurious 4 and 5 star self catering properties, including holiday cottages, barn conversions and ...

 

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Discover Blue Flag Beaches in the South West of England

Think rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, great surf and sparkling blue seas, the wild moors of Dartmoor to the Somerset Levels and the dramatic Cheddar Gorge, the South West has plenty to offer. With a lively arts scene, great local food and walking and cycling opportunities galore.

Alum Chine, Bournemouth

Alum Chine

This sandy beach, situated at the opening to one of the famous Chines found in Bournemouth, features a good range of facilities including beach chalets, which are available to rent. ...

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Blackpool Sands

Blackpool Sands

A lovely picturesque cove at the northern end of Start Bay, set in the beautiful South Hams countryside. This unspoilt crescent of coarse golden sand nearly 3 miles long is ...

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Branksome Chine, Poole

Branksome Chine

This gradually sloping beach of fine golden sand makes this a good choice for families with young children. Along the promenade is a popular café restaurant, beach shop, beach huts, ...

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Breakwater Beach, Torbay

Breakwater Beach

Close to the amenities of Torbay, Breakwater beach is a small shingle beach situated by the pretty Brixham harbour. Providing good access to the water and a good range of ...

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Broadsands Beach, Torbay

Broadsands Beach

The long sandy beach, of Broadsands is a favourite spot for families. Situated away from the amusement arcades in an idyllic rural location, the gently slopping beach is easy to ...

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Canford Cliffs Chine, Poole

Canford Cliffs Chine

A peaceful spot, with fine sands this beach offers an escape for the locals away from bussle of busier tourists areas of Poole. The water is clean and safe for ...

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Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay

A family friendly beach, Carbis Bay is approximately 1 mile length and because of its north by northeast facing rarely gets surf. The centre of the beach is home to ...

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Central Beach, Swanage

Central Beach

Challaborough Bay

Challaborough Bay

A fine sandy beach, Challaborough is situated in a sheltered horseshoe-shaped cove. A great family location with plenty of rock pools to explore, the coastal path to walk along and ...

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Dawlish Warren Beach

Dawlish Warren Beach

A lovely family beach with miles of sand dunes and an internationally recognised nature reserve. Plenty of facilities and free summer entertainments, and also the opportunity to enjoy some peace ...

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Durley Chine, Bournemouth

Durley Chine

A golden sandy beach ideal for families looking for a fun day out with plenty to do. The beach has a bouncy castle and children’s entertainers, and along the promenade ...

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Fisherman's Walk, Bournemouth

Fisherman's Walk

A popular sand and shingle beach great for families, providing good bathing, with lifeguards and a safe swimming zone. The beach is easy to access via a cliff lift, cliff ...

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Gyllyngvase Beach

Gyllyngvase Beach

Gyllyngvase Beach is a wonderfully typical family resort beach set on the south coast of Cornwall and gently warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream. It is a long ...

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Meadfoot Beach, Torbay

Meadfoot Beach

Away from the crowds, this small stretch of shingle beach neatly positioned beneath spectacular cliffs, is popular with locals and visitors.  Overlooking the beach is the Osbourne Hotel which has ...

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Oddicombe Beach, Torbay

Oddicombe Beach

Sheltered below dramatic red sandstone cliffs, the shingle beach at Oddicombe is a stunning location to visit; providing superb views, good water sports facilities from canoeing to jet skiing, a ...

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Paignton Beach, Torbay

Paignton Beach

A superb beach for keeping the family entertained, Paignton beach is a long stretch of red sand running either side of Paignton Pier. The shallow sea is ideal for paddling, ...

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Polzeath Beach

Polzeath Beach

One of the best places for surfing in Cornwall, Polzeath beach has lots to offer, with wetsuit and surf board hire, lifeguards on duty and the odd dolphin and seal ...

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Porthmeor Beach

Porthmeor Beach

The sandy shoreline of Porthmeor is a real draw for surfers and perfect for families too. The emphasis may be on water sports but with the Tate St. Ives art ...

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Porthminster Beach

Porthminster Beach

Lovely fine sand, palm trees and sub-tropical shrubs give Porthminister a Mediterranean feel. The safe bathing makes it a perfect choice for families and the popular beach restaurant is worth ...

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Porthtowan Beach

Porthtowan Beach

A great beach for families and surfers, Porthtowan Beach is set within a magnificent bay backed by steep cliffs on north coast of Cornwall. A range of shops and pubs ...

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Sandbanks Peninsular, Poole

Sandbanks Peninsular

A lovely family friendly beach that gradually slopes away, ensuring it is safe for small children. The fine golden sand and a good range of of facilities make it very ...

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Sandy Bay Beach, Exmouth

Sandy Bay Beach

A sheltered beach, perfect for families, Sandy Bay Beach in Exmouth is great for rock-pooling, swimming and a variety of water sports. The privately owned beach has to be accessed ...

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Shore Road Beach, Poole

Shore Road Beach

Shore Road beach is a popular sandy beach adjoining Sandbanks peninsula. It has an excellent selection of facilities and wonderful scenic views to the Purbecks. A very popular location for ...

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South Sands, Salcombe

South Sands

South Sands beach is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty located near the entrance to Salcombe Harbour. The Estuary is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a ...

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Southbourne Beach, Bournemouth

Southbourne Beach

If you are looking for a quieter beach Southbourne is fits the bill. This sandy beach is popular with bathers due to the fact it has no sudden shelves or ...

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Tunnels Beaches

Tunnels Beaches

A real gem of a location, offering a network of hand carved tunnels which lead to sheltered beaches and a Victorian tidal swimming pool.  Whether it’s rock pooling kayaking or ...

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Westward Ho!

Westward Ho!

The two miles of golden sands of Westward Ho! Linked by it’s famous pebble ridge to the Northam Burrows Country Park, form part of the United Nations Biosphere Reserve, is ...

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Discover Britain's Counties

From a fisherman’s cottage in Cornwall to lodges in Scotland, why not avoid airport mayhem and explore the beauty and rich diversity of the UK and Channels Islands? There are stunning areas to visit, magnificent beaches, fascinating historic houses and gardens, great pubs and restaurants to sample, and plenty of attractions to keep the kids entertained.

Discover Blue Flag Beaches

To gain the Blue Flag certification, Beach Operators have to meet a number of criteria covering environmental information and education, environmental management, safety, services and water quality. These environmental awards are given to Beach Operators who make a special effort to manage their coastal water environment and beaches.

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Wales

Discover National Parks

Holidaying in a UK National Park offers great opportunities for outdoor activities; from mountain biking to mountaineering or simply strolling around and enjoying the view.

There are fifteen National Parks in UK - they are the real gems of our countryside - the special places nationally protected because of their beautiful countryside, wildlife and heritage.

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Wales

Discover AONBs

As the name suggests these are areas nationally recognised and protected for their natural beauty and distinctive character. When you choose a holiday in one of the 38 AONBs in England or Wales you are guaranteed beautiful countryside whether it's wild moorland, rolling hills or sandy beaches.

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