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Deepdale Farm Backpackers, Deepdale, Norfolk, England -http://www.deepdalefarm.co.uk
Located on the 2004 "most beautiful farm in Britain" the hostel works hard on environmental issues to the extent that it has won many awards and is partly funded by DEFRA. It runs a huge amount of impact reducing measures including solar heating, countryside protection, recycling projects and wind turbines in partnership with major universities. Dorms, private rooms and camping.

Langdon Beck (YHA), Forest-in-Teesdale, Durham -http://www.yha.org.uk
One of the first "green beacon" hostels in England, this hostel is surrounded by the Pennines, affording it incredible views and a range of outdoor activities. Lower impact measures include, rainwater harvesting, wool insulation, solar panels and greywater systems. 31 Beds.

International Inn, Liverpool -http://www.internationalinn.co.uk
Award winning, eco friendly 3 star budget hostel in a converted Victorian warehouse in the heart of Liverpool's Cultural Quarter. They are committed to promoting Green tourism through strong energy saving and recycling policies, and actively encourage guests to do likewise. Accommodation for 100 people in rooms for 2-10 persons with all the facilities you would expect -tv lounge, games room, pool table, fully equipped kitchen etc.

Lockton Hostel (YHA), Lockton, Yorkshire, England -http://www.yha.org.uk
Langdon Beck's sister hotel is located in the midst of the Yorkshire moors. Features wool insulation, rainwater harvesting, solar heating and lighting, and a sedum "living" roof. 21 Beds

National Forest Hostel (YHA), Moira, Derbyshire -http://www.yha.org.uk
The YHA's new flagship hostel opened summer 2008. The hostel is located in the heart of the National Forest and is close to activities at Conkers, Roslington Forestry Centre and Snibston Discovery Park. The building lists a range of eco-friendly features including a bio-fuel boiler, solar panels for heating, built in ventilation natural ventilation systems and greywater systems, to name but a few. 83 Beds.

Palace Farm Hostel, Doddington, Kent -http://www.palacefarm.com
A rural farm turned into a hostel, which is perfectly situated for walkers, cyclists and families to explore the North Kent Downs. Member of the green tourism business scheme - features include low energy lighting, recycling, thermostatic radiators, and solar water heating. 30 beds and camping.

Sparrowhawk Hostel, Moretonhampstead, Devon -www.sparrowhawkbackpackers.co.uk
Environmentally aware hostel, in a converted stone stable located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Features include solar heated showers and they supply organic food. Excellent walking and local pubs to visit.

see also: YHA -Youth Hostel Association -detailed information on Youth Hostels throughout England and Wales along with courses and activities.

Scotland:

Adventurer's Escape, Weem, Perthshire -http://www.adventurers-escape.co.uk
A very pretty, colourful hostel in central Scotland with plenty of activities nearby including walking, mountain biking, rock climbing and notably the kayaking and canoeing. The hostel has an environmentally friendly policy aimed at supporting the local scenery. 30 beds.

Cormrie Croft, Crieff, Perthshire -http://www.comriecroft.com
A rural hostel, where you can also camp in Swedish kata tents under the stars. The hostel and shop provide everything for walks around the area and tackling the local mountain biking trails, while endeavouring to protect the environment. 56 beds in the hostel.

Iona hostel, Island of Iona, Argyll -http://www.ionahostel.co.uk
A tranquil eco-friendly hostel on the rural island of Iona. Perfect for getting away from it all, with some beautiful countryside and white sandy beaches. 21 Beds.

Loch Ossian hostel (SYHA), Corrour, Perthshire
http://www.syha.org.uk/SYHA/web/site/Hostels/LochOssian.asp
An extremely rural hostel that can only be reached by walking from the local train station. Perfect for walking and wildlife tours of the wilderness. The hostel includes many environmental features including wind and solar power, grey water, dry toilets and bat friendly paint! 20 beds. No Linen

Rattray Head Eco-hostel, Apartments and B&B, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire -http://www.rattrayhead.net
An environmentally friendly rural former lighthouse station on the North East coast of Scotland. Surrounded by a secluded beach and nature reserve. 14 beds.

Wales:

Corris Hostel, Corris, Powys -http://www.corrishostel.co.uk
An award winning "green" hostel situated in the Dyfi Eco Valley and area of ancient energies and druids. Close to the alternative lifestyle capital of Wales, Machynlleth, and surrounded by national park land, which is ideal for cycling and hiking. The hostel uses eco friendly products as used wherever possible alongside recycling. There is also an eco-tourism education program in place. 42 Beds.

Old School eco-hostel, Trefin, Pembrokeshire -http://www.theoldschoolhostel.co.uk
Character filled hostel on the coast of Wales. Close to the surfing beaches and national park land. The hostel is entirely powered by renewable sources, for every booking a tree planting is sponsored and visitors get an "eco discount" if they arrive by a "low impact" mode of transport.

TYF Eco-Hotel, St. Davids, Pembrokeshire -http://www.tyf.com/?c=acc-felin
A rustic "get away from it all" hotel in the popular cathedral city of St. David's. Situated on Pembrokeshire's famous coastline, this hostel is helping the environment through reduced energy usage, green electricity usage, water conservation and an ethical purchasing plan. 12 Bedrooms.

Northern Ireland:

The Downhill Hostel, Downhill, Coleraine -http://www.downhillhostel.com
Beautifully situated overlooking the North coast's longest beach with a cliff-hewn backdrop, this hostel is close to the Giant's causeway, great surfing beaches and beautiful countryside amongst other tourist attractions. The hostel used sustainable practices when recently renovated.

Omagh hostel, Omagh, Co. Tyrone -http://www.omaghhostel.co.uk
An environmentally friendly, family run hostel near the Sperrin Mountains. The hostel was recently awarded the EU green flower in recognition of its many efforts to reduce environmental impacts, including green electricity, recycling, carbon offsetting, a green purchasing policy and many other measures.

see also our Trekking page for Activity Centres.



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