White cliffs of Dover walking vacation in Kent, England

“Great walking in Kentís beautiful countryside and along its iconic coastline, tasting delicious local food and staying in characterful inns along the way.”

Highlights

Canterbury | Elham Valley Way to Elham village | Folkestone | superb coastal walking | White Cliffs | Saxon Shore Way to Dover | Deal | optional: extend the vacation by one, two or three nights to see Sandwich and Richborough Castle | inn accommodation

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White cliffs of Dover walking vacation in Kent, 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

We organise walking vacations in the Kent Downs using local products, local people and local accommodation providers. This means that we can offer lunches for our walkers including locally baked bread, locally made pickles and chutneys and a variety of Kent produced cheeses. We know the source of the food we offer our walkers and they know that they will experience the true taste of Kent's local produce on each of our walks.

Our accommodation providers are small independent inns, hotels or guest houses. In 2006 we applied for assessment under the Green Tourism Business Scheme and have been accredited as a Silver Award holder since. We are one of a few tour operators in the south east of England to gain this award which has played an important part in how we, as a locally based rural business operate sustainably within the local environment. . We have always promoted even on our earliest brochures 'discover Kent, its people and their history'. It is the everyday relationship between the local suppliers and producers that is at the heart of an area's local history.

The majority of our customers arrive in the County by public transport and then spend their vacation on foot. To this end we provide a briefing paper on how to access the County by public transport available on our web site, we also offer information about the history of sites of local interest along the trail a resource which is available to anybody regardless of whether they choose to take a vacation or not.

Community

We aim to work closely with members of the local community in the Kent Downs AONB, the National Trails' Organisation and the Chilham Local Business and Retail Group. This group encourages tourism within the Chilham area based upon the collaborative network of local businesses within the village ensuring a exceptional experience for the visitor.

In 2011 we published a book, about the local history of the Pilgrims' Way - The Fact and Fiction of an Ancient Trackway. From the Neolithic through to the Victorian pilgrimages, this book has brought together the historical and archaeological evidence connected to the Pilgrims Way an important local tourist attraction running through the Kent Downs. Through this publication we have supported the Canterbury Arts Festival and the Explore Kent Walking Festival offering walks within the local community. We have supported a volunteer to train as a walks leader for the Walking for Health initiative and participate in the Kent Greeters workshop. Through working with the University of Kent presenting a talk to students on the Contemporary Issues in Tourism Module we have been able to highlight the way in which we operate as a small family run local business in conjunction with other businesses that are part of the local economy.

Our dedication extends to meeting and greeting our walkers each day and through years of experience we know what they are looking for. We shall show them those less commercialised local attractions and in particular the local history that accompanies them. Finally we have produced our own audio guides to offer a commentary on aspects of the local history associated with the area that are not always so accessible in mainstream guidebooks.

1 Reviews of White cliffs of Dover walking vacation in Kent, England

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


Walking the Pilgrims Way had all the positives of walking in beautiful and
historic scenery without any of the hassles, especially, since it was a guided
walk the hassle of getting lost. What made it memorable was that throughout
the journey there was so much information and insight. But also the
unanswered questions thrown up about the path, the ones that stick in your
mind and make the experience unforgettable.

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


Make sure you have good walking boots and waterproofs.

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


Yes I'm sure it does.

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


I would definitely recommend this and will be looking for similar in other parts
of the country.

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