Holidaymakers plan to visit UK beauty hotspots – before global warming affects some of the most iconic spots

Durdle Door, Loch Ness and Lake Windermere in the Lake District are among the top destinations adults want to visit before they are decimated by climate change.

While hotspots like Sherwood Forest, St. Austell and Snowdon also rank highly.

Research of 2,000 adults found nearly seven in 10 are worried about how global warming will affect some of the UK’s most iconic outdoor venues.

With this rapid onset of climate change, it emerged that 44% are ready to speed up their plans to visit Britain’s landmarks before they are damaged by global warming.

However, 18% believe that the country’s Areas of Natural Beauty are already severely damaged due to global warming.

The research was commissioned by Runners Need and Cotswold Outdoor as part of its #SaveOurOutdoors campaign, stressing the importance of protecting the outdoors that we cherish so much here in the UK.

They teamed up with John Howell, an expert in environmental management and biodiversity conservation, to produce images illustrating what these places could look like in the future if climate change is not halted.

John Howell said: “We are seeing an increase in extreme heat waves, floods and other weather-induced events across the world, and we have reached a point where we can no longer ignore the impacts our growing population has on our planet.

“It’s not just scientists and environmentalists who are listening to these changes. As research shows, the general public is alarmed by the situation – and rightly so.

“We all need to change our behavior and find ways to alleviate the pressures we put on the environment.

“Many of the places we are so proud of in the UK have already started to change drastically, and not in a good way, although the signs of this are not yet evident without careful study.

“These images show what these places could look like in the next 50 years if we don’t act, and as you can see not only has litter accumulated drastically in our countryside and shorelines, but the lush greenery that our country is known for has dropped dramatically.

“Fortunately, it’s not too late: there’s still a lot we can do, but we all need to look at our behavior and start implementing change.”

Witnesses are sad to see British beauty being affected by the environment

Almost one in four (24%) think the damage to these moles will increase over the next decade, with 58% worrying about the state of the planet in 50 years.

A third says they have noticed differences from the natural beauty spots they have visited over the years due to the impact of climate change.

And 47% also witnessed environmental changes in their immediate outside environment.

Due to climate change, 36% have limited the distance they travel when going on vacation and 68% recognize how vital it is that they do all they can to protect sites of natural beauty.

Walking, hiking and camping have become the most popular activities in which Britons take part, while many also enjoy running, road cycling and swimming in nature.

When buying their gear for these types of activities, 61% said it was important that what they buy was durable and made to last, while 57% wanted to buy clothes and shoes less frequently to reduce their impact on the planet.

In fact, nearly four in ten people surveyed via OnePoll would consider renting an outdoor kit as and when needed.

While a high-quality product offering and products from brands that respect the environment and ethical practices were the primary green considerations for buyers when in the market for new equipment.

Jose Finch, Managing Director of Runners Need and Cotswold Outdoor, said: “While everyone can do their part to help protect our outdoors, we know our business has an important role to play.

“As a retailer, we don’t claim to be perfect, but we are taking steps to reduce our impact on the planet as much as possible – such as switching to 98% renewable energy in our stores and working with the National Trust to plant 10 000 trees.

“We also want to enable our customers to make more conscious choices for the planet – helping them buy a kit that lasts, helping to extend the life of products and, when it’s no longer possible to use, recycle them to reduce items that end up in landfill.

Teresa H. Sadler