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You can easily minimise your footprint while enjoying sustainable travel around Britain. Here we provide heaps of ideas to help inspire your sustainable itinerary. From swapping planes for trains to eating more ethically or treetop camping, it’s easy to get your next holiday working for you and the planet.

Eight ways to explore Britain more sustainably

Responsible tourism picks in the heart of Britain - the Midlands

Wmcycle hire

Pedal power

Birmingham also offers an array of canals and with it, an extensive canal side cycle route network. The West Midlands Cycle Hire costs just £1 to unlock a bike, then 5p per minute after that. Look out for docking stations around the region.

A street at the Black Country Living Museum

Step out on tour

Learn while you walk through Positively Birmingham. Offering walking tours on anything from history to canals. Lovers of the hit Netflix series should take its Peaky Blinders tour. If you fancy going solo, you can take your time using Walk Run Cycle Birmingham app. For those looking to up the pace, try Run of a Kind’s jogging tours of Birmingham.

A group of people paddleboarding down a canal in the centre of Birmingham.

Pick up a paddle

With loads of canals to discover, why not see Birmingham from a duck’s view and check out visitor hub Roundhouse, which offers kayak tours of the its canals taking in the city’s heritage and landmarks as well as some quieter spots along its blue highway.

Steel framework building lit up in a blue light at night

Shop vintage

In the world of fashion everything old is new again. Hunt out some unique pieces in vintage fashion shops like Urban Village Vintage in Henley-in-Arden, or antique treasure troves like Moseley Vintage Hub. Even iconic Birmingham department store Selfridge’s has vintage designer items.

Peak District National Park

Explore the great outdoors

Birmingham’s 2,400-acre Sutton Park is one of the largest urban parks in Europe. The Peak District National Park, Sherwood Forest and several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty including Cannock Chase, the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and Malvern Hills are all nearby.

Five outdoor experiences in Britain’s cities

Discover the parts of the city you never knew about through this London walking tour.

Explore you way around London on this interest-led walking tour
Smiling black woman walking around the colourful streets in central London in the summer
London walking tours

Discover Antony Gormley’s work of 100 cast-iron figures spanning across two miles of coastline.

Find out more about Another Place
Antony Gormley’s Another Place
Antony Gormley’s Another Place

Marvel at eye-catching murals and bold colours round the streets of Glasgow on this self-guided tour.

Get artsy with the Glasgow Mural Trail
Glasgow Mural Trail
Glasgow mural trial

See Brunel’s iconic vessel to one Banksy’s most famous works at Bristol’s picturesque harbour.

Discover more about Bristol’s harbourside icon
A man stood at a ship's wheel in the harbourside of Bristol
Bristol’s harbourside

Find your wild side with dolphin, seal, otter and whale spotting.

Discover more dolphin watching in Aberdeen
Dolphin watching
Dolphin watching in Aberdeen

Discover the parts of the city you never knew about through this London walking tour.

Explore you way around London on this interest-led walking tour
Smiling black woman walking around the colourful streets in central London in the summer
London walking tours

Discover Antony Gormley’s work of 100 cast-iron figures spanning across two miles of coastline.

Find out more about Another Place
Antony Gormley’s Another Place
Antony Gormley’s Another Place

Marvel at eye-catching murals and bold colours round the streets of Glasgow on this self-guided tour.

Get artsy with the Glasgow Mural Trail
Glasgow Mural Trail
Glasgow mural trial

See Brunel’s iconic vessel to one Banksy’s most famous works at Bristol’s picturesque harbour.

Discover more about Bristol’s harbourside icon
A man stood at a ship's wheel in the harbourside of Bristol
Bristol’s harbourside

Find your wild side with dolphin, seal, otter and whale spotting.

Discover more dolphin watching in Aberdeen
Dolphin watching
Dolphin watching in Aberdeen

An overnight journey into a beautiful exotic floral landscape.

GWR train journey

Night Riviera Sleep Train

Take the Night Riviera Sleeper train from London Paddington to Penzance in Cornwall and wake-up to sandy beaches, glittering bays and bustling fishing villages. The train stops in St Austell, home to the Eden Project, an attraction focused on protecting the world’s biodiversity.