Lake District hike on the Cumbria Way, England

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Responsible tourism: Lake District hike on the Cumbria Way, England

Environment

We are a family run business and are committed to operating a Responsible Travel Policy. We aim to provide a quality and positive experience for our customers while contributing to and enhancing the local economy and respecting the environment.

Whilst walking on the Cumbria Way you are taking part in a healthy activity and visiting the area while reducing road congestion. The local authority encourages people to visit the area on foot using public transport in line with their desire to encourage sustainable tourism.

The Responsible Travel Code of Conduct which you receive with your information pack contains suggestions on how to be an ethical traveler by reducing water usage, recycling and properly disposing of litter, and reducing damage to the environment.

The majority of the accommodations we use are locally owned and operated and use local produce for breakfast, thus reducing "food miles" and sustaining the local economy. Wherever possible we use accommodations that are registered with the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

When transferring your luggage to your next accommodation we consolidate with others along the Cumbria Way wherever possible to reduce energy consumption.

During the booking process for your vacation we reduce paper usage by corresponding by email wherever possible and only printing correspondence which is legally binding. We recycle our ink cartridges and envelopes, and use low energy light bulbs. Paper which cannot be recycled is shredded and composted.

Whilst on this vacation you will be walking at your own pace in your own group. We restrict group sizes on our self-guided walking vacations to a maximum of 12 to reduce impact on the community and the environment.

Community

When walking on the Cumbria Way we aim to provide a quality and positive experience for you while contributing to and enhancing the local economy and respecting the environment of countryside, towns, rivers and forests.

The locally owned accommodations give our guests a warm welcome and recommend local pubs, cafes and restaurants along the Cumbria Way for lunches and dinners. All these issues make a great difference to the economic welfare of the local community by providing employment and sustaining the local economy.

By taking this vacation on the Cumbria Way you are contributing to the community by providing income for accommodation providers, pub landlords, restaurant and cafe owners, luggage transfer drivers, and local farmers. There are a number of National Trust Properties along the way and entrance fees are used to restore and conserve our heritage, and provide employment for local people. Whilst walking on the Cumbria Way we encourage guests to visit the Ruskin Museum, Brantwood, John Ruskinís home, the Donald Campbell museum in Coniston, and Carlisle Castle, as this helps to support the local community. We also encourage guests to take trips on Coniston Water and Derwentwater as this supports the local boatmen and increases the awareness of the fragile environment.

We encourage you to use this walking vacation as means to support your chosen charity by way of sponsorship.

All our used postage stamps are collected and used to raise money for local good causes.

Reviews of Lake District hike on the Cumbria Way, England

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Walking the Cumbria Way is an exciting exploration of the history and geology of this part of England. The most memorable moment was cresting Stake
Pass and descending into the remote and grand valley of Langstrathe Beck with its stone walls reaching the crags that cap the fells. The valley remains an
empty and timeless wilderness. Eventually the Way emerges into the lush, pastoral communities of Stonethwaite and Rosthwaite.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Sturdy boots and good rain gear, including a pack cover are necessary, as are sunglasses and sunscreen. The weather is variable. You'll see more if you have
done some reading about the history and the area. We were thankful to have our maps and Cumbria Way guide book, essential.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we appreciated the friendly and helpful locals we met and felt that as tourists we were participating in the life of the community.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We have a deeper appreciation of our English heritage and met some wonderful people along the way, locals and other walkers. The vacation provider did very
well by us as there were no problems with accommodations, or trail advise. Also a pick up in Bassenthwaite to be driven to Lakeside Country Stay and then
returned in the morning went smoothly, and that was in fact our favorite lodging.

Read the operator's response here:

Good Morning Diana & Clinton

Thank you for your review and kind words. This is a great walk that many people overlook with so much to see. We are pleased you enjoyed our walking vacation as we have always try to help clients enjoy the great countryside the Uk & Ireland has to offer,

Please accept our online 5% discount voucher with our compliments.

This voucher can be used when booking online and may be redeemed against any vacation solely operated by ourselves with a total cost in excess of £500 booked before 31st December 2016

We look forward to hearing from you again

Regards
Paul Day






Reviewed on 13 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The two most memorable place was Stake Pass where we crossed the mountains from Langdale to Rosthwaite. We also made a very enjoyable detour to Catbells on our way to Keswick. Of the places we stayed, Millbeck Farm was nicest: a
very old farmhouse in beautiful surroundings.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Have always in your daypack something to eat and drink. In one case our accommodation (Red Lion, Lowick Bridge) was closed when we arrived in the afternoon and we could not have anything to eat or drink before evening. Also, I would not necessarily start at Ulverston. We could have skipped the first day from Ulverston to Lowick Bridge and finish at Caldbeck instead of Keswick.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I suppose so.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had superb weather all the time, could not have been better. That plus a really nice route through stunning landscape made it perfect.

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Most memorable: being dive bombed by a kestrel near Bassenthwaite. Fortunately we had walking poles... Most exciting: various parts of the walk were very beautiful

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bear in mind that the way marking is poor and indeed non existent in places. Get the cicerone guide and also the Rucksack Readers "Cumbria Way"; plus the biggest scale ordnance survey map and a compass. Good warm and weatherproof walking clothing is essential even in July.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. It certainly supported local businesses, e g B & Bs in remote areas

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Good

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