Greentraveller’s Guide

Monday 18th February 2013

Green holidays website and the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) have published an online guide to show visitors how to make the most of the areain a way that has a low impact on the environment and a positive impact on the region’s economy, local communities and natural landscape.
Greentraveller’s Guide to the Mendip Hills AONB( features over 40 recommendations for where to stay, eat and what to see and do in the area. It includes an interactive map of the featured businesses and in-depth information on how visitors can reduce their environmental impact by travelling to and around the area by public transport and onfoot or by bike.
Greentraveller’s team of professional travel writers has picked out some of the top green places to stay, from mellow-stoned B&Bs and converted cottages on working farms, to family-friendly campsites and wild meadow yurt camps. The guide also features some of the best spots to find local produce,such as authentic pubs, great restaurants, andlocal farm shops, as well as local food producers, such as Thatchers cider, Cheddar cheese and Yeo Valleyyoghurt. The guide also features family-friendly things to do in the area, from visitor attractionslike Cheddar Gorge and Chew Valley Lake, to outdoor activities, such as walking, cycling, and caving.

Sarah Jackson, Mendip Hills AONB Manager, says:

“The Greentraveller Guide to the Mendip Hills has put us firmly on the map as a great place of natural beauty to visit on the doorstep of Bristol and Weston-super-Mare.
“This exciting online guide enables visitors and local people to plan a great day or a longer stay in the Mendip Hills AONB experiencing fantastic scenery, quality local food and accommodation and by doing so supports our rural businesses.”

Florence Fortnam, Head of Content,, says:
“The Mendip Hills AONB is an incredibly varied landscape, one of dramatic scenes and wild plains. Visitors flock in their droves to Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves every year,but, magnificent though these visitor attractions are, the AONB has so much more to reward the visitor who choses to stay in the area a little longer; culture vultures, nature lovers and foodies will all find plenty to keep them happy here.
“On a recent trip to the Mendip Hills AONB, I was struck by the variety of local businesses and their resolve to protect their heritage and the way they do things, many of whom have been operating in the same way for generations. We hope this Greentraveller Guide will allowvisitors todiscover these businesses for themselves, in turn helping to conserve the landscape and support the local economy.”
The guide has been supported by a grant from the Mendip Hills AONB Sustainable Development Fund.

Editor’s Notes:
About the Mendip Hills AONB
The Mendip Hills AONB is the voice of the protected landscape, working with landowners and the local community to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area.

The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of 46 AONBs in England, Wales & Northern Ireland – a landscape that is naturally beautiful and nationally protected. Together with our Heritage Coasts and National Parks, AONBs make up some of the finest countryside in Britain.
About Greentraveller
Greentraveller Limited provides content marketing services to enable local tourism businesses to market sustainable tourism products to both residents and visitors in an engaging way.
We have a team of well-connected, professional travel writers who specialise in writing about sustainable tourism. Our founder is the journalist Richard Hammond who was the Guardian’s eco travel correspondent, 2004-2008, co-wrote ‘Clean Breaks – 500 new ways to see the world’ (Rough Guides), and manages the annual Green Travel List with the Guardian newspaper. Richard manages Greentraveller’s team of a dozen professional travel writers who regularly write for national publications, including the Independent, the Guardian, the Times, and The Irish Times.
We also work closely with protected area management to deliver on objectives for product development and marketing sustainable tourism, including sustainable transport. Recent clients include Snowdonia National Park, the North Pennines AONB, The Yorkshire Dales, the Brecon Beacons, Visit Kent, the New Forest, the Lot Valley, France, and West Sweden.
Greentraveller also runs the award-winning website,, its flagship project, which features local tourism businesses, including accommodation, markets and restaurants selling local, seasonal food, days out at local visitor attractions, as well as multi-day activities. The website also features over 2,000 trips and tours organised by specialist operators that are reachable overland by train and/or ferry in the UK and Europe, including adventure, cultural and family holidays. Members include Nature Travels, Sunvil, Exodus, Inntravel, Headwater, Saddle Skedaddle and Explore.
Greentraveller currently has over 14,000 followers and fans on Twitter and Facebook. The Sunday Times described Greentraveller as “the first place to look for green holidays” and, in 2009, Greentraveller won the British Travel Press Editors’ Green Award. In the summer of 2011 it was included in the Guardian Travel team’s list of their all-time favourite travel websites, and in January 2013 was listed amongst the top 50 websites for travel by The Times.|

For further media information as well as high quality images, please contact:
Richard Hammond: E mail:; Tel: 07557 025542
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