England self guided hiking tour, 14 days

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Responsible tourism: England self guided hiking tour, 14 days

Environment

We are a family run ‘tour operator’ based in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK. We are committed to operating a Responsible Travel Policy (RTP) that is supportive and in sympathy with the local communities and environment within which we operate. This is in line with the stated aims on all our vacations that invites customers to ‘discover hidden Kent, its history and its people’.

We have been accredited as a Silver Tour Operator under the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) for six consecutive years running. To this end we use locally sourced produce in all our packed lunches and support a number of local farm shops that supply produce that originates in the County of Kent or nearby Counties.

We actively encourage all customers to use public transport to access the Kent Downs (AONB). We advise customers where they can purchase locally produced food and produce along the route of their walk and encourage them to use local services.

Experience the peace, the history and the beauty of these walking vacations in the UK.

Community

Whilst on their walking vacation in the UK we also actively encourage customers to visit local social projects such as the Elham Valley Vineyards, run by the Vale of Elham Trust that provides work opportunities for people with learning disabilities. We also have encouraged people to walk the North Downs Way for the benefit of nationally recognized charities. Since 2002 we have organised charity walks on behalf of the many national charities including The Children’s Society, John Grooms and Christian Aid.

We have worked closely over the last four seasons with the Our Land project in conjunction with Responsible Travel and the Kent Downs AONB., helping to increase an awareness of what the local rural economy has to offer visitors to the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The book, the 'Pilgrims Way Fact and Fiction of an Ancient Trackway' published by the History Press in 2011 came out of research undertaken to support Walk Awhile's walking vacations and bring together the various histories relating to the Pilgrims' Way. The original research for Derek Bright's book was peer reviewed by the Kent Archaeological Society and published as a KAS E-article in 2009.

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