Flight-free travel company Byway is here to help make the most of Autumn by enjoying it slowly, in nature.
The company was founded in 2020 by Cat Jones, who’s never owned a car and whose annual family holiday is by train and bike, whatever the weather. As a start-up coach and investor with degrees in Sustainable Development and Physics, she jumped at the opportunity to make environmentally friendly travel more accessible as Covid sent travel as we knew it into free-fall.
Travelling on the train, you can stare out of the window into nature and see the seasons changing before your eyes. Stop off at lesser known locations away from the crowds, staying in a remote cottage or a cosy countryside pub. Jump on a bike or grab your hiking gear to see seasonal wildlife, and visit spots famous for outdoor adventure totally car-free. Byway’s trips are 100% flight free and can be done by train, boat, or bike, so you can enjoy getting outdoors with a lower carbon footprint.
“Autumn is a great time to get back to nature, and slow travel allows us to take the road less travelled and pause along the way, rather than rushing through hotspots and tourist traps. With COP-26 approaching and the picture of the climate crisis becoming ever clearer following the recent publication of the IPCC reports, flight free holidays like ours, run in partnership with local businesses, allow individuals to have a materially positive impact on the environment and local communities with their getaways.” – Cat Jones, Founder and CEO of Byway.
Byway does all the planning and booking for holidaymakers, taking the stress out of organising trips. With October on the doorstep and half term impending this allows last minute, time-poor bookers to enjoy slow travel.
Byway’s top ten flight-free trips this Autumn
Northern Lights on the Isle of Skye
Spend a week in the Highlands as famous merry dancers grace the skies. Stay in a remote bothy in the north of the island for the best chance to see them.
Cider making in the West Country
October means one thing in the West Country – apple season. Spend a long weekend near Bath and visit cider farms during the apple harvest for an insight into the cider making process (and a few samples).
Seal pups on the Llŷn Peninsula
5,000 grey seals live in the water around West Wales and September to December is pup season, so the perfect time for a wildlife spotting holiday.
Empty beaches on the Jurassic Coast
After the schools go back and the summer crowds empty out, the Jurassic Coast becomes a peaceful haven where you can enjoy whole beaches all to yourself.
Grape harvest in French Alsace
September and October is grape harvest time on the French vineyards. Spend a week in the Alsace hopping between wine regions or becoming a grape picker for the day.
Roaring fires in the Yorkshire Moors
Enjoy the autumn colours of the Yorkshire Moors on our favourite circular walks with en-route lunch stops. End the day with a well earned hearty dinner, page turner and maybe a tipple or two.
Whale watching on the Yorkshire Coast
Catch the tail end (sorry) of the whale season without the crowds. Minke and Humpback whales can be spotted off the Whitby coast throughout October, and the area is also home to dolphins and seals.
Adventures in Snowdonia
Nothing keeps you warm like adrenaline, and adventures in Snowdonia are packed with that. Kayak across mirror lakes surrounded by purple heather, join in Snowdonia’s Hiking Festival or scramble up sparkling waterfalls full of autumn rains.
Surfing in Cornwall
The autumnal weather brings higher winds and bigger waves, meaning great surf on the Cornish Coast. Stay in Padstow and Sennen for easy access to two of the best surfing beaches in the UK.
Autumn sun on the Med
If you’re not quite ready for cooler weather, escape to warmer climes and sunny days on the Côte d’Azur. September has an average high temperature of 25 degrees and 11 sunlit hours per day.
All Byway trips are customisable to suit you- to book visit the website.