North York Moors walking vacation
£1850 excluding flights
Description of North York Moors walking vacation
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PlanetOn this tour we spend time visiting and walking in protected environments within the North York Moors National Park, and our guides are careful to brief travelers on appropriate behaviour and the importance of taking all rubbish with us. We monitor our impact closely, not only of our group visits but the impact any increase in tourism may have. Our group sizes are very small averaging only 6 - 8 travelers.
Clients and guides are briefed on local customs and general courtesy (such as asking permission before taking photographs/dress-codes/conduct in places of worship etc.) and how to behave appropriately.
We use only smaller locally owned properties and avoid larger chain hotels. In our experience, we believe that most properties rely on locally sourced food which helps to cut down on transport miles. On this tour we stay in locally run moors pubs who source food from within close proximity to the properties to avoid unnecessary food miles. Much of the produce is actually grown at the property in the case of one of the properties at least.
The daily picnics for lunch are produced by a local cottage industry on the very edge of the moors, the location for the tour. Waste will be collected by our team on the ground and disposed of responsibly and recycled where possible.
Clients will be encouraged to move away from single use plastic and only use refillable and reusable water bottles for drinking water.
We only use local drivers and guides to accompany our tours. The guide for this tour is based on the Moors itself.
In dry spells the moors can be subject to fire risk, and the guide will ensure that travelers are briefed about the level of risk and mitigating measures to reduce risk e.g. not smoking in areas of risk etc.
The moors are a haven of a range of biodiversity. Our guide will brief travelers on how to responsibly behave in this delicate ecosystem so as not to disturb for example nesting birds.
The tour uses no flights at all and most of the transport is actually by way of waking. Daily journeys by road are no more than 1 hour.
We are happy to book trains for you to reach the start point.
PeopleOur philosophy is to only use small and locally owned suppliers, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution. The properties that travelers stay in on this tour are small scale moors pubs and hotels providing local employment opportunities. We also feel that the passion inherent within such suppliers means that your experience will be enhanced. We also try to engage with our suppliers on an equal basis – getting the lowest possible price usually isn’t the best outcome for local communities and is ultimately unsustainable. We aim to always treat our suppliers fairly and with respect; they are after all part of the key to our success and to us working together is much more than just a business arrangement, but an ongoing relationship that we aim to ensure truly benefits everyone involved.
We believe that tourism is a double edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures – usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.
We only employ local staff (the guide on this tour lives on the edge of the North York Moors) and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops and encourage our clients to interact both financially and socially with the communities that they are passing through. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.
We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. Clients also have the opportunity to purchase local souvenirs.
Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.
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