The Car Free Walks website provides many excellent hiking routes across the country, all of which can be reached using public transport.
One-third of Scottish households do not have access to a car, a substantial figure. In addition to those, there are people who would prefer to leave their car at home for a variety of reasons. If you manage a visitor attraction, the documents below can help you improve access and options for car-free visitors. Not only will this increase your target market, but walkers, cyclists, and public transport users are more likely to spend money in local shops and facilities (including yours).
Our Sustainable Transport Checklist provides a list of simple things you can do to provide information and facilities to encourage car-free visitors.
The Green Access for Countryside Recreation, created by Transplan provides a comprehensive toolkit for auditing sustainable travel options for countryside attractions. It walks you through everything from who should be conducting the audit, to the issues that must be considered, and the audit procedure itself. It provides a process used by Widen the Choice in preparing visitor travel action plans for some sixty National Trust and RSPB properties across the East of England, for larger areas on the Suffolk coast, linear audits for the North Norfolk Coast and the Icknield Way, and demonstration audits for Natural England’s National Nature Reserves. The concept was also adopted by the Youth Hostel Association’s Empty Roads Project, in order to give the best access information to people booking accommodation.
Visitor travel plans for countryside leisure destinations by Natural England is an excellent companion to the Green Access toolkit, providing details on how to develop travel plans with the goal of changing visitor behaviour towards sustainable transport.