As mindful travelling becomes increasingly important to destinations and travellers, walking tours allow individuals to explore and learn while minimising their impact. On the 5th June, World Environment Day was celebrated and used as a day to educate and show support on the topic, and proves the perfect time to highlight some of the greener travel experiences Britain has to offer.
Be one of the first to experience the new Super Nature Reserve, where the idea is for the six protected sites within the 15,000-acre Nature Reserve to be protected and managed creating a larger protected area for some of the UK’s rarest wildlife. In Somerset, just outside of Bath and Bristol, take a guided tour with an expert at Westhay Moor where the entirety of the ticket price goes straight back into preserving and safeguarding work, or set out independently on a walking route at Ham Wall reserve.
The Languages of Scotland
From 14 May 2022
Invisible cities have launched a brand-new Edinburgh tour, in which profits from the ticket sales will be used to support Ukrainian refugees newly arrived in the city. The social enterprise which trains those who have experienced homelessness to become tour guides, has worked with the council to develop this tour introducing visitors to the different languages that were once spoken, and the legacy they have left; including Cymric, Gaelic, Norse, Pictish, Romani, North Anglian and its modern descendant Scots.
From June 2022
These new tours explore the Northern cities and their starring roles in film and TV such as Captain America and Morbius, as well as TV shows including Peaky Blinders and The Crown. They offer a great way to tour the cities with a local guide as well as learn how the industry generates millions of pounds and job opportunities for the local economy.
Below street level, explore the ‘forgotten’ parts of London’s Tube network and go behind the scenes at some of London’s busiest stations with the exclusive hidden London tours. From Euston and Charing Cross to Clapham South and Down Street, experience some of the most iconic stations, learn of untold secrets, explore the once wartime bomb bunkers, and learn of current projects and extensions.
The Official Oxford Official Walking Tours are back this summer with their programme of walking experiences. Kick off your city break with the ‘C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien Tour’ to explore the central Oxford locations where the icons lived and taught, while the ‘Inspector Morse Tour’ show visitors what skilful use TV producers have made of Oxford. Also, not to forget the much-loved ‘Harry Potter Highlights tour’ for magical storytelling and nostalgic spots.
June to October 2022
Explore the outskirts of Edinburgh, easily accessed by public transport, and join a wild food walk along the banks of the river Almond. Search for wild greens, botanicals and edible flowers, and stroll through the trees and riverside, all while learning how to make wild food a staple and the benefits of doing so - from the nutritional to the cultural and philosophical.
Take on the walking art trail along the North Downs Way National Trail, where the artworks, a series of sculptural seats that reflect the beauty of each location, will be made from sustainable materials and each one will be supported by a range of downloadable, self-guided walking and/or cycling routes.
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