3 independent reviews for Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England

Reviews for Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England

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review 9 Oct 2013

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

There were various exciting experiences: Kit's Coty and the view over the Medway, walking hollow ways, the former bishop's palace at Charing, sheep grazing under a laden apple tree, but probably reaching and visiting Canterbury Cathedral.

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

If you're a radio addict, check that there is one in each of the staying-over places or you'll need to take with you. Be prepared to accept that the different places at which you stay are very different and that each will have things you'll like and things you dont. It's an area where there are a lot of dog-walkers with their dogs off leads, so it helps if you like dogs and dont mind them being friendly to you.

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

I hope it benefited local people since I stayed in various places and ate local produce. Walking the path may help it remain clear and also remind a couple of farmers that there are rights of way on their land.

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

Very very good. Derek was very knowledgeable and helpful. Lunches were delicious.

review 23 Jun 2012

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

Walking through Godmersham Park in the footsteps of Jane Austin was the single most memorable aspect for one of our number. Another enjoyed the scenic vistas available every day due to the route of the North Downs Way.

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

Be prepared for long days of walking in all kinds of weather.

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

Absolutely.

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

I wanted to add how enjoyable it was to meet Derek Bright and tapping in to his vast knowledge of the local history, culture, and geography. He was very accommodating about our particular food needs and very attentive to our needs in general. We had a great time.

review 20 May 2010

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

Our vacation on the North Downs Trail in late spring was breathtaking. The bluebells, primroses and fields of rape, punctuated with the occasional pheasant and fox, while doing a self-guided hike, made us feel like Adam and Eve alone in Paradise.

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

Be prepared to walk pretty seriously all day and have a good sense of direction. We found that following the maps and guide book (with thorough preparation from Derek) was challenging, but very satisfying and added tremendously to the experience.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

We were in some rather small, out-of-the-way places that may not have many "tourists." Our lunches were exclusively local foods, and very tasty. Of course, only walking on trails resulted in very minimal impact.

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

There were some 5 star moments. "Reborn" is a bit hyperbolic, but there were some real highs -- surreal moments walkiing through a field of rape in bloom and seeing nothing but yellow, and the woods full of bluebells. We have travelled quite a bit over the decades, and this experience was quite special.

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