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
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.
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
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.
Farm Hostel, Doddington,
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.
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.
Croft, Crieff, Perthshire
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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, 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
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