How are you getting to your summer 2022 UK festival? We have five you can attend by train.

Are festivals ever sustainable?

Festivals don’t do so well when it comes to eco-credentials. It’s easy to see why. Single use plastics, discarded tents and the power required to keep those lights flashing are all bad for the environment.

In other words, it’s hard to imagine a sustainable festival.

But what if festivals are important to you? Well ,even if a festival is never likely to be carbon neutral, there are things you can do to help mitigate your own negative impact. One of the best ways to do this is to ditch the car and opt for public transport.

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Can I do yoga here? In my very small campervan?

Greta our Toyota Granvia campervan is our only vehicle. Unless you count Mr D’s much used bikes and my often aching legs. This means that she is a touch on the small side. Compact you might say.

Or on a rainy day, squashed.

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Three fantastic Devon walks from train stations

You might have noticed my recent focus on adventures by train. At the beginning of 2022 I decided to explore the possibilities of travelling by train, not just for day trips or holidays but to enjoy all my usual outdoor activities, and hopefully a few more.

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Watch out, there’s an easterly about!

When you look at map (or indeed a chart) of Tor Bay, you’ll see that our relatively small bit of shore looks like a bite out of the bigger sweep of Lyme Bay.

If you know your cardinal directions, you’ll have noticed that Tor Bay faces eastwards. Which means that we only get decent sized waves when there’s an east wind blowing.

We locals always know when there’s an easterly.

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Outdoor fun on the English Riviera. How about visiting Torbay by train.

Devon’s famous Riviera Line train route

If you’ve never ridden the Riviera Line train between Exeter and Torbay, you’ve been missing out on a treat. Board at Exeter St Davids.

Local hint: sit on the left for maximum view impact.

Then relax back to take in some of Devon’s best waterside views as your train sweeps down the Exe Estuary then out into the blue of Lyme Bay.

Don’t worry, you’ll be in that gorgeous water before you know it.

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Three outdoor adventure ideas to help you make use of the Great British Rail Sale

Have you seen all the hype about this month’s Great British Rail Sale? Half price train tickets aren’t to be sniffed at. Especially if you’re interested in getting outdoors and adventuring in new and exciting ways, at the same time as considering your environmental impact.

Which I definitely am!

Read on for a whole load of useful tips and observations on how to make the best of the Great British Rail Sale, and how to create your own adventures by train.

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A bridge too far? Walking the Worcester and Birmingham Canal

I mentioned a while ago that my favourite walk in the UK is the one I’m about to do.

It still is but I’m particularly proud of my recent canal walk.

My walk along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal was the latest in my series of UK adventures by train.

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Do the South Downs have the slipperiest mud in the UK?

Can you name all fifteen of the UK’s beautiful national parks?

No cheating!

No internet, no maps, can you name them just using your brain.

I can.

Which is weird because I often can’t remember the word for pasta.

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Interested in active travel? Confused by the vocabulary? We can help.

Active travel for everyone

Active travel is quite rightly high on the current sustainability agenda. You don’t have to look far to find evidence of new cycle lane consultations, low traffic neighbourhoods, and fitter, happier people. It’s also quite easy to spot disconcerted drivers on social media.

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Promoting a destination? Make sure you don’t miss out on its stories.

It’s half term down here in the Southwest. Both Dartmoor and Torbay are full of happy visitors, and I’ve been doing a bit of amateur tourism research.

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