Outdoor breaks guide


Destinations around the UK where you can enjoy spectacular landscapes and breathtaking natural beauty – with eco friendly places to stay close to hand.

South East England outdoor breaks

Old Chapel Forge 
Chichester, West Sussex
Luxurious B&B where green tourism is “a philosophy not a product”

This is located in the beautiful Sussex countryside surrounded by fantastic views of the Downs and minutes from the historical city of Chichester. West Sussex offers some of the finest walking country and the proprietors are happy to recommend popular scenic walking routes and to arrange bicycle hire. The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum and remains of Fishbourne Roman Palace are nearby.

East of England outdoor breaks

Swaffham, Norfolk
Small boutique hotel renowned for its green commitment

This hotel is in the historic Market town of Swaffham, in the Brecks, a unique and beautiful landscape stretching across Suffolk and Norfolk, ideal to enjoy healthy walking, jogging, cycling and horse riding on the ancient track ways and peaceful forest trails. The nationally recognised bird reserves within the tranquil and breathtaking North Norfolk coastline is only a short drive away. It is within easy reach of the North Norfolk coast, Norwich and the Norfolk Broads.

West of England outdoor breaks

Glazebrook House Hotel ** 
Dartmoor National Park, South Devon
Mid range
Country house hotel aiming to minimise its environmental impact

Enjoy the unspoilt Devon countryside or take part in something more adventurous. This is the ideal base for all levels of walking whether it is a short 20 minutes ramble along part of the Glaze Brook or a full day’s hike across Dartmoor. The Two Moors Way and Ugborough Beacon, one of the southern peaks of Dartmoor, can be walked in 45 minutes from the hotel. Dave and Caroline have taken many walks in the area and are happy to offer routes and advice including which pub is good for lunch! National Trust properties such as Castle Drogo, Saltram House, Coleton Fishacre and Buckland Abbey are on the doorstep and the gardens at Lukeslands, Overbecks, Greenways and The Garden House are also nearby. The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan are within an hour's drive.

Kitley House 
Near Plymouth, South Devon
Historic country house hotel taking steps to conserve its environment

An elegant country house hotel set in its own 600 acre private estate of pasture and woodland. The 500 year old Grade I listed building is approached by a mile long tree lined drive. It is ideally situated for walks along the South West Coast Path, in South Devon and Dartmoor, and is close to National Cycle Routes which traverse the county plus some of the finest off road trails. It is also a destination for shooting parties, being in the centre of a series of six established shoots.

West Midlands outdoor breaks

Penrhos Country House Hotel 
Herefordshire, near Kington and the Welsh border
Atmospheric small hotel with a strong ethical dimension

Penrhos is an excellent base from which to enjoy the untamed countryside of the borderlands. You can walk over the wild hills of Wales, or along the Offa's Dyke Path, which was the ancient frontier between England & Wales, or explore the peaceful valleys at the foot of the Black Mountains. There are many castles, stately homes and galleries to visit in the area and numerous beautiful gardens.

North West England outdoor breaks

Combermere Abbey 
On the Cheshire and Shropshire borders
Enchanting self catering cottages – “passionate” about the environment

Located on a one thousand acre estate ten of Combermere luxurious self-catering cottages are set a mile back from the road in a beautifully renovated Grade II listed Victorian stable block and an eleventh is a Gothic lodge situated on the perimeter. There are tranquil woodlands to explore and a magical lake where you can swim and fish at certain times of the year. Bikes for adults and children are available and there is a children’s playground with a Wendy house. The walled gardens boast a tennis court and a croquet lawn and the world’s only fruit tree maze.

Overwater Hall 
Near Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria, northern Lake District
18th century country mansion committed to being a considerate hotelier

This Grade 2 listed hotel offers the perfect base for a truly relaxing holiday. It is set in 18 acres of formal gardens and woodland with the dramatic backdrop of Skiddaw and the Uldale Fells, and tucked away in the unspoilt beauty of the northern Lake District, renowned for its lakes, hills and mountains appealing to walkers and climbers; its rich heritage, from stately homes and castles to Roman forts and prehistoric stone circles; and its sheer beauty.

Yorkshire outdoor breaks

Natural Retreats - Aislabeck 
Aislabeck, near Richmond, North Yorkshire
Luxury sustainable self catering holiday homes

This is set in 54 acres of private woodland and ancient meadows on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales National Park with its rich green hills and dense ancient forests cut through by the rivers and streams. It is located just a mile from the centre of Richmond, a town rich in history and culture which guests can easily explore on foot, accessed by the popular walking and biking 'Coast to Coast' route. This famous path runs along the southern boundary of the land and by following this in the opposite direction, one will very quickly find oneself in the National Park itself.

North East England outdoor breaks

Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel ** 
Embleton, near the Northumberland coast
Mid range
Family run hotel committed to minimising its environmental impact

Close to the sandy Northumberland coast and the castle capital of Britain! The castles of Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Warkworth, Bamburgh, Chillingham and Lindisfarne can be reached within 30 minutes or less. Just a short trip inland will take you to the World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall with its many Roman settlements and forts along the rugged border hills. Famous country houses nearby include Cragside, Wallington Hall, Paxton House, and the nationally acclaimed Beamish Open Air Museum.

Scotland outdoor breaks

The Torridan **** 
Wester Ross, Ross-shire, North West Scotland
Spectacularly sited hotel striving to reduce its environmental impact

Set in 58 acres of parkland at the head of a magnificent sea loch on the West coast of Scotland, The Torridon is one of the most spectacular and idyllic locations in the world with some of the best walking, mountaineering, rock climbing, and kayaking anywhere in the UK. The hotel prides itself on making the outdoors accessible to anyone and caters for the novice to the expert, offering fun and tuition to develop their skills.

Wales outdoor breaks

Lasswade Country House Hotel ** 
Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales
Mid range
Comfortable hotel with a long-standing environmental pledge

An ideal location for country leisure activities and a gateway to the wild and beautiful Cambrian Mountains. Rolling hills, rugged wild mountains, vast forests, gentle valleys with streams, rivers and waterfalls help form part of the landscape. Nearby there is a wealth of country houses, castles and gardens, as well as the old market towns, mines, dams, hidden chapels and abbeys, antique centers and craft shops.