Take a sustainable Eco Escape this summer

Lancashire’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty unite to encourage sustainable short breaks in the Forest of Bowland and Arnside & Silverdale

The Forest of Bowland and Arnside and Silverdale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty have joined forces to promote sustainable tourism in rural Lancashire this summer and beyond.

Lancashire’s Eco Escapes campaign encourages visitors to arrive by train and explore the two AONBs on foot, by bike or on e-bike. These outstandingly beautiful landscapes are readily accessible from railway stations at Bentham, Carnforth, Clitheroe, Lancaster and Silverdale.

The Eco Escapes website: www.ecoescapes.org.uk provides car-free sustainable travel plans which link main stations and visitor attractions and highlight visitor destinations which support sustainable tourism.

Visiting these destinations will support Lancashire’s rural businesses – which were hit hard during Covid – and build momentum behind a new model of less carbon intensive tourism in these fragile rural environments.

Sustainable or ‘slow’ tourism is moving up the travel agenda and the good news is that many of Lancashire’s fragile natural environments can be reached by train and explored on foot, by bike – or increasingly – by e-bike.

The initiative encourages visitors to take the train and discover Lancashire’s unique limestone coastline at Silverdale on the edge of Morecambe Bay or explore the remote uplands of the Forest of Bowland on foot or by bike or e-bike in an action-packed long weekend that explores some of the undiscovered rural oases that characterise the northern reaches of the Red Rose County.

In Arnside and Silverdale AONB: discover distinctive local wildlife among Lancashire’s rugged limestone coast and follow meandering trails through dense deciduous woodland and wildflower meadows.

In the Forest of Bowland AONB: take a digital detox and explore the wide-open spaces, lonely uplands and secluded valleys of one of England’s most remote rural oases.

The Eco Escapes website is a rich resource for visitors who want to tread lightly, reduce their environmental impact and support local independent businesses.

As well as a series of ecotourism itineraries, a guide to sustainable and ethical businesses and an accommodation finder, the website also links to detailed walking and cycling routes, an events guide and details of seasonal wildlife and nature highlights.

Sustainable tourism businesses, hospitality and accommodation providers across the two AONBs are also completing green tourism training and accreditation as part of the Eco Escapes initiative.

Start planning your Eco Escape this summer at: www.ecoescapes.org.uk

15th July 2022
in News