This is summer: Websites

The internet is a traveller's best friend for up-to-the-minute information, instant hotel booking and getting the best from your holiday. So log on and learn more...

www.theaa.com
Plan your journey from departure to final destination: type in the target street or postcode and choose to avoid motorways, tolls roads and congestion charges.

www.trafficeye.co.uk
Check road conditions, accidents or road works before you begin your journey. Screen displays details of any incidents or bad weather conditions that may cause delays.

www.cycle-route.com
Lists cycling routes and mountain bike trails across the UK. Users can plot or upload their own cycle routes and share these with others .

www.sailanddrive.com
This colourful website gives information on travel by ferry from the UK. Browse the 'ferry for you' option for available routes and destinations.

www.traveline.org.uk
Plan your travel by bus, train, coach, ferry or underground for local or long-distance journeys. Change the settings for the journey planner to suit your own needs.

www.ramblers.org.uk
Britain's biggest walking charity's website offers practical information, tips on walking locally, advice to beginners and people with disabilities.

www.theweekenders.co.uk
This stylish website offers 'everything you need to know' destination guides for weekend breaks in the UK.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Choose from more than 50 free walk sheets to download and print out. Plan days out with an interactive map detailing individual places or clusters of properties.

www.independenthostelguide.co.uk
Search for bunkhouses, hostels, camping barns and group accommodation in the UK – by name, location or activity. Use it also to find self-catering and specialist holidays.

www.timeout.com
The definitive online guide to discovering the capital – the best cafés and bars, sightseeing, shopping, arts and entertainment. Whatever you're into, you'll find it here.

www.yha.org.uk
Cheap accommodation with private or family rooms at over 200 UK countryside, city and coastal locations. The website shows the best offers and recommendations.

www.waterscape.com
Britain's official guide to canals, rivers and lakes, if you want to explore the UK by water. A wide-ranging website with lots of information and detail.

www.sawdays.co.uk
Online version of Alastair Sawday's series Special Places to Stay, the guides have selected around 3,000 'wonderful, wacky, sublime and luxurious' properties.blueflag.org.uk

Their award scheme assures tourists that the beaches they visit have the highest quality water and other seaside facilities.

www.underthethatch.co.uk
Aims to provide exceptional self-catering holiday experiences in every sector of the holiday market – from luxurious to rustic cottages and cabins.

www.camping.uk-directory.com
UK and European Camp and Caravan Site Directory. Buy, sell or hire anything from awnings and accessories to upholstery and VW camper vans.

Tourist boards

www.enjoyengland.com
www.visitwales.com
www.visitscotland.com
www.discovernorthernireland.com

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