Let's banish over-tourism to the history books
Updated: Sep 1, 2020
Crowd-free travel experiences in the British Isles
With national lockdown restrictions easing and the re-opening of hotels and attractions across the British Isles, many people are desperate for a change of scenery and will be eagerly planning a UK holiday. Whilst tourism generates funds for the local economy, an overwhelming influx of visitors to the country’s beaches and beauty spots raises concerns of overcrowding, increasing litter, potential damage to the local flora and fauna and long-term damage to the destination's brand image.
However, holidaying in the British Isles doesn’t need to mean scrambling for beach space or visiting overrun national parks that are marred by thoughtless litter-louts. Peaceful, crowd-free locations are still a possibility and the team at Natural Britain can point you in an off-the-beaten-track direction and recommend sustainably operated experiences.
Dip your toe into wild swimming
Wild swimming offers the opportunity to explore beautiful, crowd-free locations in a uniquely immersive and sustainable way, leaving minimal footprint on the local environment. Be it an invigorating dip in the Cairngorms National Park, exploring the tidal islands off Scotland’s west coast or swimming through the arch at Durdle Door in Dorset. The focus is not about swimming long distances, it’s about peacefully absorbing the natural surroundings, building open-water confidence, and having fun.
For those who prefer to keep their heads above water
Escape the crowds on a guided mountain bike adventure through the heart of wild and rugged mid-Wales, climbing over Europe's oldest mountain range and staying in locally owned accommodation en-route. Or enjoy a custom designed, self-guided, cycle ride through the beautiful Peak District National Park, overnighting in cosy bell tents. Riding off with your kit strapped to your bike is one of the truest forms of freedom and is the perfect getaway from the frantic, hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Sky-Running in Snowdonia
One place you’re unlikely to encounter bus-loads of tourists is on a sky-running adventure in Snowdonia’s National Park. This adrenaline-fuelled activity combines trail running with climbing and scrambling, in the highest mountain peaks. No ice-cream vans, congested car parks, or the waft of disposable BBQs. Just fresh mountain air, magnificent scenery, and awesome views.
Something more sedate?
Ennerdale, Stewart Smith
If you’ve ever visited the Lake District during the summer, you’ll be aware that parts of the region suffer from over-tourism – congestion (on the roads & trails), an increase in litter and footpath erosion. However, there are activity providers who are focusing on experiencing the lakes in a more sustainable way and encouraging visitors to step off the well-trodden path (quite literally!) Through their extensive local knowledge of secret spots, they design self-guided walks taking in wild and beautiful fells with the reward of panoramic views.