The Blue Flag is an environmental award given to Beach Operators who make a special effort to manage their coastal water environment and beaches. To attain the Blue Flag, Beach Operators have to meet a number of criteria covering environmental information and education, environmental management, safety and services, water quality.
The 15 UK National Parks are the real gems of our countryside - the special places nationally protected because of their beautiful countryside, wildlife and cultural heritage. They are living, working areas that welcome visitors and provide opportunities for everyone to experience, learn about and enjoy their treasures. A holiday in a UK National Park offers so many opportunities for outdoor activities; from mountaineering to mountain biking or simply strolling around and enjoying the view.
As the name suggests these are areas nationally recognised and protected for their natural beauty and distinctive character. When you choose a holiday in one of the 38 AONBs in England or Wales you are guaranteed beautiful countryside whether it's wild moorland, rolling hills or sandy beaches.