With ‘carbon footprint’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ firmly in our minds as watchwords for the 21st Century, more of us are embracing our responsibilities and making green living part of our everyday lives. As the debate continues to rage about the environmental costs of aeroplane flights and the pollution caused by cruise ships, why not forgo the ozone layer-blasting flight to the Mediterranean and opt for a green holiday in South Devon this year?
South Devon is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading destinations for the eco-conscious holidaymaker. Its inspirational countryside, beautiful beaches and stunning coastline make it ideal for eco-friendly pursuits such as walking, climbing, cycling and horse riding. Accommodation providers are also taking their responsibilities seriously, providing places to stay that are assessed by the Green Tourism Business Scheme. They’re assessed on how they deal with waste, water and energy consumption and on their compliance with environmental legislation. Top accommodation providers are rewarded with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, so you can easily choose an eco-friendly place in which to stay.
As Green As Possible
For those who want their holidays to be as green as possible and cut the use of a car to a minimum, much of South Devon is criss-crossed by a network of green lanes and paths and well served by a good public transport system. As a result, most areas and attractions are accessible on foot, on bicycle or by bus, helping you to keep your carbon output to a minimum.
There is plenty of accommodation available if you’re after an environmentally friendly holiday that doesn’t skimp on the luxuries. You can choose from environmentally responsible hotels and guest houses to camping sites and caravan parks. If you prefer to go self-catering then Beeson Farm holiday cottages are a great and very green choice. Winners of the Gold award for Green Tourism, Beeson Farm is perfect if you want to keep your carbon footprint down but want to put lots of footprints on the nearby South West coastal path. The cottages welcome walkers and are just a stone’s throw from Beesands, a beautiful and unspoilt beach with a great gastro pub that serves top quality, locally sourced food.