We want to be as green as our logo. Taking care of the environment is an essential part of what we do, and we do everything we can to keep the outdoors looking fresh. Some of our buildings are purpose-built using sustainable materials and processes, they’re in locations easy to get to by public transport, and their proximity to natural wonders inspire us all to protect the environment for future generations. We were founded on a love of the great outdoors, and in the modern world of environmentally conscious travelling, we aim to be at the lead of eco-tourism. Here are some of our most exciting eco-friendly breaks in the UK.
Situated on the edge of one of the Lake District’s most awe-inspiring wilderness areas, YHA Eskdale is a hidden gem. The hostel has reduced its carbon footprint by providing renewable heat and electricity through the use of a biomass boiler and solar panels. There’s even a wildlife trail and a nature hide in the grounds if you fancy doing some birdwatching.
YHA Eden Project
YHA is the official on-site accommodation provider for the Eden Project, one of greenest attractions in England and Wales. YHA Eden Project (powered by Snoozebox) is a unique place to stay and is perfectly in tune with its eco-friendly surroundings. The hostel’s en suite bedrooms are made from ingeniously designed recycled shipping containers, brilliantly in keeping with the Eden spirit of sustainable living and finding new uses for everyday items. The bedrooms are fully kitted out and wonderfully comfortable, making YHA Eden Project the perfect eco-friendly break in the UK for the whole family.
YHA Blaxhall is located on the edge of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of the preeminent areas for wildlife watching in the whole of Britain. This hostel is powered partly by solar energy and is also the site of a community recycling scheme. Boasting a garden that encourages biodiversity, YHA Blaxhall has some cracking green credentials making it a great choice for both the environmentally friendly traveller and the nature lover among you.
YHA Black Sail
Looking for a secluded eco-friendly break in the UK? YHA Black Sail is definitely a crowd favourite. Location, location, location. That, quite simply, is what YHA Black Sail is all about. Remote and accessible only on foot, it’s a unique rural retreat that lovers of the great outdoors can normally only dream about. Leave your gadgets at home – there’s no WiFi or phone reception here.
YHA National Forest
YHA National Forest is a hostel that’s not only popular with visitors to the area, its support for local businesses embeds it firmly in the heart of the community it serves. Serving up organic wines, local ales and produce from the National Forest, it offers a rural, back-to-basics feel despite its modern comforts. With features that range from solar panels to spray taps and showers designed to reduce water consumption, this YHA offers an ideal eco-friendly break in the UK.