Blue Flag beaches, landmark environmental sites and glorious gardens point the way to tread-lightly stays in England’s South West.
Unworldly gardens, scenic clifftop trails and over 300 outstanding beaches converge in Cornwall to make it one of England’s best-loved green corners. Pair that natural splendour with the South West’s eco-friendly hotel scene and long-established culinary links, and you have a fine recipe for a sustainable UK holiday. Pack your recyclable bucket and spade for the best ways to go green in Cornwall, including stays at places bookable on Culture Trip.
Like the thought of off-grid living? Be inspired with a stay at this zero-carbon eco-retreat, set in mixed pasture and woodland on the Fowey Estuary. The solar-powered bed and breakfast is energy-efficient (thanks to LED lights, triple glazing and wool insulation) and strives to put nature first, with an earthen roof and minimal landscaping of the 12-acre (5ha) grounds. It’s proof that sustainability can be stylish, with four river-view rooms featuring Weaver Green blankets and rugs made from recycled plastic, plus a kitchen stocked with charity shop crockery. Cycling and walking routes are encouraged, and outdoor activities are on the doorstep.
Think veganism, think rabbit food? This Truro cafe will change your mind. They specialise in meat- and dairy-free comfort food – exemplified by the Canadian poutine with cashew cheese and moreish vegan gravy – as well as excellent plant-based cakes. On sunny days, you can’t beat an afternoon on the whitewashed Mediterranean-style patio with a pint of Cornish IPA and a portion of “f’sh” (cider-battered banana blossom) and chips.
Eco credentials are worth the effort for the staff of the Greenbank. The team at Falmouth’s oldest hotel have been working hard to improve their recycling methods, lower their water consumption and save energy – so you can focus on chilling out on the terrace and enjoying spectacular views of Falmouth Harbour. They also host a biannual beach clean in collaboration with Surfers Against Sewage, which guests are welcome to join.
St Michael’s is a large seaside resort, but they’ve paid attention to little details in order to keep things green. Beyond the usual nudge to skip the daily fresh towels, there’s a display promoting sustainable things to do in Falmouth and beyond, while the fish served in the restaurant is also sustainably sourced (plant-based diners are well catered for, too). Blue Flag-bearing Gyllyngvase Beach – recommended by the Foundation for Environmental Education for its water quality and safety – is just across the road, ideal for a sunset dip.
Inspired by green-minded Cornwall? Discover the area’s best things to see and do, its most beautiful towns and the other places you have to catch sight of while you’re there. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the county, we’ve got you covered. The best places to stay near the Eden Project, as well as the best hotels in Penzance and in St Ives are all bookable on Culture Trip.
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.