London walking tour, town and country, England

“Explore London on foot and at your own pace with two self guided walks, then hop on a train to discover beautiful countryside just beyond its boundaries. ”

Highlights

Four self guided walks | London parks walk | River Thames walk | Polesden Lacey | Leith Hill | choice of accommodation | detailed route notes, cultural commentaries and maps | guide to restaurants and places to eat

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: London walking tour, town and country, England

Environment

Walking is the least carbon intensive way to travel and ensures that the environmental impact of our walking clients is kept to a minimum. Where it is necessary to travel by means other than on foot, we encourage the use of public transport; if that is unavailable we recommend local transport companies to reach the start of the walk. We aim to balance the environmental impact of traveling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local economy. In our office we recycle paper, cardboard, ink cartridges and printed material. We purchase recycled printer cartridges, paper, envelopes, labels, pens, bin liners. We turn off printers, photocopiers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and avoid ‘screen savers’, use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances. We cut CO2 emissions by keeping thermostats at the lowest comfortable setting. We do not take disposable plastic bottles to the countryside, instead promoting the use of water bottles manufactured by companies like Sigg.
We do not print brochures but keep our customers informed of our activities electronically via email, electronic newsletters and our website. We encourage clients to remit their payments electronically via PayPal or by bank transfer. All our customers also receive our Guide to Sustainable Tourism, setting out the steps they should take to reduce the impact of their travels on the environment.

Community

We use only small, family-run hotels & B&Bs. They employ local people and prepare meals from organic produce as far as possibl close to public transport, ensuring that the use of cars and taxis are unnecessary. We also recommend individually-owned restaurants, shops and cafes which are not part of large chains. Our routes take our clients away from the most crowded parts of the city to explore areas as much as possible away from the crowds. We also provide walks in the Surrey Hills, easily accessible by train. The city visitor thus discovers unspoilt and unknown countryside which has not been developed for tourism, bringing much-needed revenue to local inns and tearooms. Our carefully-researched commentaries introduce our visitors to the area’s rich history, culture and folk law, has the effect of giving people a sense of community with the place. People often return on their own or with friends, visit the same pubs and renew their sense of being at one with the beautiful countryside on London's doorstep. On both the country walks on the itinerary, visits are included to National Trust properties where membership and entrance fees are used to help restore and conserve our heritage, and provide employment for local people.

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