About the Sustainable Leisure Travel Network

This network has been set up by Natural England and the University of Central Lancashire to bring together what is known about making rural leisure travel more sustainable. 

Part of our mission is to inform local and national policy-makers about the importance of recreational travel and its potential to reduce car use and social exclusion, increase rural incomes and benefit everyone’s health and well being.

To do that we need partners: people and organisations who will support the network to create the momentum needed to change leisure travel. Please contact us to tell us what is happening in your area or to join our mailing list (VisTrav@uclan.ac.uk)

Our Vision is sustainable access to the countryside

We seek to encourage sustainable leisure travel to achieve environmental and economic benefits, improve the quality of life for local communities and deliver an enjoyable experience to visitors.


The Network aims to:

We do this by:

The Team

Peter McGrath

Project Manager

David Markham

Natural England

Professor Les Lumsdon


The Advisory Committee who have helped shaped the Network include:

Alistair KirkbrideFriends of the Lake District
Peter McGrathProject Manager
Professor Les LumsdonDirector of the Institute of Transport and Tourism, UCLan
Chris GregoryNew Forest National Park Authority
Dr Jo GuiverResearcher in the Institute of Transport and Tourism, UCLan
Chris WoodWiden the Choice Rural Transport Partnership, National Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
David MarkhamNatural England
Peter McGrathCo-ordinating the Network
Clare FildesShropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
May KendrickSpelsbury co-ordinator
Richard TylerBrecon Beacons National Park Authority
David MarkhamNatural England
Professor Les LumsdonUCLan
Janet DickinsonBournemouth University
Andy RylandYorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Richard JohnsonBrighton and Hove City Council
Cathy HopleyForest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Stephen JosephCampaign for Better Transport
Olivia MorrisNational Trust
David MurrayRamblers Association
Stephen JonesNottinghamshire County Council
Colin SpeakmanTransport for Leisure Ltd
Jim TrotmanLancaster City Council Tourism Development

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