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North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; Green Traveller Guide

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Green holidays website and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership have published an online guide to show residents and visitors seeking Northumberland Accommodation how to make the most of the region in a way that has a low impact on the environment and a positive impact on the local economy.

Greentraveller’s Guide to the North Pennines ( features more than 50 recommendations for where to stay, eat and what to do in the region, from the open heather moorland, vibrant hay meadows to the dramatic dales and traditional villages. It includes an interactive map of the featured businesses, a high-definition video celebrating the unique landscape, upcoming events, and in-depth information on how visitors can reduce their environmental impact by travelling to and around the area by public transport and by walking or cycling more.

Greentraveller’s team of professional travel writers has picked out some of the top places to stay, from renovated farmhouses, award-winning B&Bs and cosy cottages that have been accredited by the Green Tourism Business Scheme – a national award for green tourism businesses. The Guide also features some of the best spots to find local produce, as well as family days out at gardens and museums, and a range of outdoor activities including cycling on 18th century packhorse trails, canoeing, boating and sailing at the Talkin Tarn Country Park, fantastic birdwatching, and species-rich hay meadows.

Richard Hammond, Chief Executive of, says:

“The North Pennines AONB is a very special part of England. As well as a very proud industrial heritage, it is home to one of the rarest grassland habitats in the country, and some world-class natural attractions, including High Force, England’s biggest waterfall, and High Cup Gill, a stunning glaciated valley on the North Pennines escarpment.

“We hope this Greentraveller Guide to the North Pennines will help residents and visitors make the most of their time in this stunning part of the country, in a way that brings local economic benefits while conserving the very special landscape.

“This Guide is the latest of our online destination platforms for specific regions in the UK, including other Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks that are proving popular with holidaymakers looking for that special local touch.”

The guide has been part funded by the AONB Partnership’s Sustainable Development Fund and developed with the support of the AONB team.

Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the North Pennines AONB Partnership, says:

“We’re delighted to have been able to work with to give a boost to sustainable tourism businesses in the North Pennines. Many have pulled out all the stops to ‘green’ their operations and link their businesses to the high quality of the landscape and wildlife in the AONB. Taking this opportunity to reach new potential visitors in partnership with Richard’s team is a great use of our Sustainable Development Fund.

The North Pennines is a fabulous UK destination for walking, cycling, horse riding, wildlife watching and a wide variety of other activities. The Greentraveller guide puts it all together for the visitor – green accommodation, places to eat and drink, events and activities, local produce and products – it’s all there.”

Editor’s Notes: For further media information as well as high quality images, please contact:
Richard Hammond: E mail:; Tel: 07557 025542

About Greentraveller

Greentraveller Limited provides content marketing services to enable local tourism businesses to market sustainable tourism products to both residents and visitors in an engaging way.

We have a team of well-connected, professional travel writers who specialise in writing about sustainable tourism. Our founder is the journalist Richard Hammond who was the Guardian’s eco travel correspondent, 2004-2008, co-wrote ‘Clean Breaks – 500 new ways to see the world’ (Rough Guides), and currently writes a monthly column in National Geographic Traveller Magazine, as well as the annual Green Travel List in the Guardian newspaper. Richard manages Greentraveller’s team of a dozen professional travel writers who regularly write for national publications, including the Independent, the Guardian, the Times, The Irish Times, and Wanderlust magazine.

We also work closely with protected area management to deliver on objectives for product development and marketing sustainable tourism, including sustainable transport. Recent clients include the North Pennines AONB, The Peak District, the Brecon Beacons, Visit Kent, the New Forest, the Lot Valley, France, and West Sweden.

Greentraveller also runs the award-winning website,, its flagship project, which features local tourism businesses, including accommodation, markets and restaurants selling local, seasonal food, days out at local visitor attractions, as well as multi-day activities. The website also features over 2,000 trips and tours organised by specialist operators that are reachable overland by train and/or ferry in the UK and Europe, including adventure, cultural and family holidays. Members include Nature Travels, Sunvil, Exodus, Inntravel, Headwater, Saddle Skedaddle and Explore.

Greentraveller currently has over 10,000 followers and fans on twitter and facebook. The Sunday Times described Greentraveller as “the first place to look for green holidays”. In 2009, Greentraveller won the British Travel Press Editors’ Green Award, and it in summer 2011 it was included in the Guardian Travel team’s list of their all-time favourite websites.

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