LEADING travel writers from around the United Kingdom will gather in Windermere to discuss the future of sustainable tourism.

They will meet at the Cedar Manor Hotel with Cumbria Tourism managing director Gill Haigh for presentations from two campaigning environmentalists.

The key speakers will be Ashley Cooper, a photographer who spent many years documenting the impact of climate change across the world.

His book, Global Warming Images, shows uncompromising views of devastated landscapes. He will be joined by Kate Rawles, the eco-adventurer and environmentalist, who has just returned from a year-long journey through South America on a bamboo bicycle.

The event has been organised by the owners of the Cedar Manor, Caroline and Jonathan Kaye, who have been pushing for “green” hospitality in the Lake District.

"There are many concerns around tourism and travel and the future impact on the environment,” said Jonathan. "We wanted to bring together the experts who have experience of these issues all around the world.

"We wanted to join the debate on these issues because here at Cedar Manor we’ve had care for the environment at the heart of all we do, when we do anything in and around the building."

The event, on December 3, will also include a sail with Windermere Lake Cruises and a walk up Orrest Head.