Lands End To John O'Groats biking trip

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25 Aug 2018
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Responsible tourism: Lands End To John O'Groats biking trip

Environment

Cycling has the minimum impact on the environment and is one of the greenest activities you can undertake as well as being a good low impact way of keeping fit. For this UK trip we to reduce carbon emissions we encourage our clients to travel by train to and from the start and finishing points. We limit our group size to 16 as we feel larger groups, especially the huge charity events that do this trip, have too big a disruption and impact on the environment

By the very nature of our trips - walking, trekking, cycling - our clients are caring about the outdoors and usually very aware of environmental issues so we don't have to try too hard to encourage a sensitive approach. On all our trips though our clients are encouraged not to use plastic bottles of water but to purify and refill bottles, to take away all litter or dispose of it carefully, and we suggest they offset their carbon emissions when they fly.

Community

Throughout the trip we use local suppliers and produce when buying our lunch provisions and choose local hotels and bed and breakfast establishments wherever possible. We support Sustrans, the national cycle path network organisation, and use their routes whenever we can. Nick Mitchell, our cycling operations manager and lead guide is currently working with Sustrans to develop a Lands End to John O'Groats route using only the National Cycling path network. From the time we began, in 1988, we have had agreements in place with our international partners to ensure the proper treatment of local staff, equipment, clothing, insurance, limited carrying loads etc.. We are a long standing members of campaigning organisation Tourism Concern and the IPPG (International Porter's Protection Group) which acts to secure porter's rights. As far as our UK office is concerned we took the decision several years ago to stop producing printed paper brochures, most of which we were aware ended in landfill. Potential clients are now directed to our website for all our information. Any paper we use is recycled or reused where possible. We always turn off electrical equipment overnight.

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


There were so many memorable times. The variety and beauty of our wonderful country was a continuing delight. The views and feeling of achievement after climbing the Cross of Greet, The Lecht, The Forest of Bowland, Glenshee and many other hills were unforgettable. In contrast the feeling of freedom freewheeling down from these heights was wonderful. But apart from the actual cycling the camaraderie and mutual support which grew in the group and with our leaders, Nick and Ken, made the challenge so much easier and enjoyable.

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


Make sure that you have done sufficient training on a bike beforehand. Thinking you are fit because you go to the gym regularly may not be enough. Do not be put off by thinking that the group will be full of "boy racers". It won't be. Don't think you'll be too old - I'm 69.

Make sure your bike has been checked and serviced properly before you start. Fit good tyres to help avoid punctures. Don't take lots of luggage - you won't need it and it doesn't help the support team. Be prepared to eat lots of surgary and carbs foods to keep those energy levels up!

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


Cycling itself has a small environmental impact, of course. We used local hotels, cafes and restaurants. Some small establishments were delighted to see a group of ten hungry cyclists descend on them.

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


A fantastic experience. Something every cyclist should aim to do. The support and advice from Nick Mitchell and Ken Woodhouse from Pedal Nation could not be better. They were very professional but also great fun. Perfect.

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