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Sharrow Point in Whitsand Bay Cornwall

Responsible rural tourism: The Forest Holidays Guide

UK holidays are experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Families, groups and solo travellers alike are looking to ditch complicated travel arrangements and noisy crowds in favour of vacationing a little closer to home - in the fresh, open spaces of the UK countryside. 

Whether you want to experience slow living or explore off-the-beaten track areas of the UK, it’s important to ensure your adventures are enjoyed with rural areas and local communities in mind. In this post, we reveal how you can do your bit to support rural tourism responsibly. 

Sharrow Point in Whitsand Bay Cornwall

Support local businesses 

Our locations are nestled within some of the country’s most remote forests. But this isn’t solely to help you reconnect with nature. It’s so you feel inspired to venture ‘off site’ and support the local communities we’re located in. 

Booking with Forest Holidays is a vote of support for the small shops, local suppliers and family-run businesses in the towns surrounding our locations. Every time you stop for a pint in the local pub after your hike or stock up on barbecue supplies from the artisanal butcher, you make a real difference to local people’s lives. 

When you plan your next UK holiday, ditch the big name brands and megastores and allow some time for an authentic ‘shop small’ experience instead. Need a little inspiration to get started? Find out how your forest escapes help communities thrive

Scarborough on the north east coast of Yorkshire

Leave nature untouched

When people and nature connect, good things happen. Especially when we all do our best to preserve and nurture the great outdoors. 

If you’re researching holidays in the UK, it’s a good idea to check your plans align with The Countryside Code. Here are the main points:

  • be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs 
  • leave gates and property as you find them
  • protect plants and animals and take your litter home.
  • keep dogs under close control 
  • consider other people

These simple actions can go a long way in protecting our green spaces so they can be enjoyed for generations to come. 

Discover how your breaks help Forest Holidays care for the UK’s forests

View of Loch Lomond

Book a staycation closer to home

A local holiday is a great way to avoid overwhelming rural areas. It’s also much kinder to the planet as it means there’s no need for a long drive to your destination. 

If you’re based in the Midlands, swap your annual trip to Cornwall for a break in Sherwood Forest. Usually head up to Scotland from London? Get your nature fix at Blackwood Forest in Hampshire instead. With 11 locations to choose from, we’ve got all corners of the country covered to help you create your perfect holiday near home. 

Cabin in the forest

UK holidays with lasting impact 

Your breaks don’t just help protect rural tourism. They give you and your loved ones something lovely to look forward to and an opportunity to rekindle your appreciation of the natural world. 

Our cleaning and safety processes, secluded log cabins and Flexible Amendment Protection means you can book with total confidence. You’ll also be able to enjoy peace of mind, knowing your holiday is making a positive impact on some of the UK’s most beloved rural areas - and the communities that call them home. 

Find out which of our locations is nearest you and plan your next holiday in the UK today - with bookings available from 6 July 2020. 

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