Things not to do in the UK...
Drive everywhere. Although the British love to walk, over 90 per cent of people visiting the wonderful array of national parks do so by car. Many walking holidays cater for you to travel by public transport, and move your luggage between beds for the night Ė so you can enjoy a local ale, and not have to worry about parking. See Scotland from a boat, or by train. Or just cycle the lot, from Lands End to John O'Groats.
. Scotland, in particular, is a revelation, with mountain, moor and marine habitats all within easy reach. Itís also famous for expert naturalist guides on wildlife watching holidays
, guiding you to see golden eagles, red deer, whales and dolphins.
Charity climbs or target tourism. Trying to bag as many summits as you can in a weekend, can be an attack on the landscape and local communities as much as on your body. Big business now, few organisers have responsible tourism policies, throw thousands of people onto beautiful landscapes to trample and litter, and do little to manage, conserve or clear up.
Supermarket frenzies before you hit the M1 or M25 Although it feels like the easiest way to go, many rural regions gain much needed tourist income from people buying food and drink locally. Seek out the local farm shop, butcher, baker, and candlestick maker. Might cost you a few more quid (Ö though surprisingly, it often doesnít), but will leave a much better taste in your mouth.