Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England

“Journey along one of England’s most notable trails, the Pilgrims’ Way, on this six-day self-guided walking vacation. We love the personalised support and historic inn accommodation.”

Highlights

Rochester | Pilgrims’ Way | North Downs | Leeds Castle | Godmersham Park | Canterbury

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Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Since 2006 we have been awarded Silver accreditation under the Green Tourism Buisness Scheme (GTBS), as a tour operator promoting sustainable tourism in the South East of England. We are a family run operator based in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We are committed to operating a Responsible Travel Policy (RTP) that is supportive and in sympathy with the local communities and environment. This is in line with the stated aims of all our vacations which inviting customers to ‘discover hidden Kent, its history and its people’.

In addition we are committed to an on-going reduction of its energy usage inline with the Annual Environmental Energy Plan (AEEP) for the business. We are committed to recycling, and using recycled products wherever this can be accommodated within the needs of the business and will continue to adhere to off-road 4x4 policy.

Community

We actively encourage all customers to use public transport to access the Kent Downs (AONB). We advise customers where they can purchase locally produced food and produce along the route of their walk and encourage them to use local services.

We also actively encourage customers to visit local social projects such as the Elham Valley Vineyards, run by the Vale of Elham Trust which provides work opportunities for people with learning disabilities. We have encouraged people to walk the North Downs Way for the benefit of nationally recognised charities. Since 2002 we have organised charity walks on behalf of the Children’s Society, John Grooms and Christian Aid. These charities have reported that they have raised £42,000 through walks led by us.

3 Reviews of Pilgrims Way self guided walking tour, England

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Reviewed on 09 Oct 2013 by

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.

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2012 by

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.

Reviewed on 20 May 2010 by

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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