Discover the real outdoors with the UK’s most eco accommodationPosted on: 09 September 2010 by Mark O'haire
Those seeking an eco-friendly break in nature can now choose holiday parks graded by the David Bellamy Conservation Awards scheme, thanks to new search filters from Pitchup.com.
This green tourism award scheme honours parks that respect their local environment and limit their use of energy, water and other resources.
Pitchup.com now shares with you their favourite sites which were presented with the highest award, a Gold David Bellamy Conservation award:
1) Sleningford Watermill, Ripon, North Yorkshire
This site is situated in beautiful rural surroundings where bird and bat boxes have been introduced, along with a butterfly garden and a ‘Bug Hotel’, to encourage local wildlife. The site offers a number of active outdoor pursuits close by, including golf, fishing and canoeing.
2) Forest Fields Caravan & Camping Park, Builth Wells, Wales
This site has two lakes, one of which is dedicated to fishermen who will enjoy catching their supper. The other is available for canoeing, sailing and swimming. The surrounding hills are ideal for those looking for adventure, with mountain biking and paragliding available as well as a number of excellent hill-walking and rambling trails.
3) Old Oaks Touring Park, Wick, Glastonbury
This adult-only site is surrounded by a range of wildlife and is great for those seeking a peaceful trip away. Old Oaks Touring Park plants an extensive number of native trees, shrubs and hedging to help to create a peaceful, green sanctuary for people and wildlife including foxes, badges and birds. The park has a Victorian-style reed bed to filter waste water from the amenity block in a natural, chemical free way which provides an excellent habitat for wildlife.
4) Sundrum Castle Holiday Park, Ayr, Scotland
Sundrum Castle Holiday Park prides itself on its environmental policies and top class recycling programme. There are a number of trails within and close to the site which offer the opportunity to view birds and deer. It is also close to 30 castles and miles of sandy beaches for visitors who wish to explore the historic Scottish coastline.
5) Callow Top Holiday Park, Sandybrook, Ashbourne
Callow Top is a family campsite and caravan park that’s in an ideal location to explore the beauty of the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Peak District National Park. The site has a high quality fishing lake and bird hide for those budding ornithologists, as well as nature trails and recommended hiking routes.
6) Allhallows Leisure Park, Rochester, Kent
This picturesque park is perfect for those families who enjoy the great outdoors. There are many hiking and nature trails within and close to the site for visitors to explore. This site also has a nine-hole golf course, fishing lake, riding stables, two heated pools and plenty of activities and entertainment.
7) Wicks Farm Holiday Park, Chichester, West Sussex
Situated near the South Downs, which was recently awarded National Park status, this park prides itself on its commitment to preserving their rural habitat creating a haven for wildlife. The camp site has 40 pitches for tents and motor caravans, each with electric hook-up, and specific sites for adults only.
8) Looe Bay Holiday Park, St Martins, Cornwall
Looe Bay is surrounded by scenic countryside and is the perfect base to explore South East Cornwall. Close to the site are great coastal walks, a number of quaint fishing villages and beautiful beaches. The park offers dedicated wildlife hikes and dog walks, as well as an indoor pool and restaurant.
9) Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Wemyss Bay is located in the west of Scotland in a small coastal village close to Largs, on the Firth of Clyde. The park has good access to the nearby isles of Bute and Arran by ferry, and has a new nature and wildlife adventure trail for guests to explore. Coastal and beach walks are a must to see a different side to Scotland.
10) Solent Breezes Holiday Park, Hants, Southampton
Located on the water at Warsash with views over the Solent to Cowes on the Isle of Wight, Solent Breezes is the perfect park for sailing enthusiasts. Solent Breezes is one of many ‘Relax and Explore’ parks from Park Holidays UK which offer guests facilities to spend time outdoors and discover the local area. The coast is merely a stone’s throw away which is perfect for fishing, sailing or to just watch the ships sail past.
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