Yorkshire Dales self guided walking holiday, England

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Yorkshire Dales self guided walking holiday, England

Environment

Walking is the least carbon intensive way to travel and ensures that the environmental impact of our 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; in fact we make daily use of the excellent bus service in the Yorkshire Dales. On one day if the bus is unavailable, for example on Sundays in parts of Yorkshire, we commission a local taxi company to reach the start of the walk. We aim to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local rural economy.

In our small home office we recycle paper, cardboard, ink cartridges and printed material. We purchase recycled printer cartridges, paper, envelopes, labels, pens, toilet tissue, 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 use tumble dryers nor take disposable plastic bottles to the countryside, instead promoting the use of water bottles manufactured by companies like Sigg.

We send all customers a copy of our Responsible Tourism policy with tips on the best ways to implement this on their holiday. We keep our customers informed electronically via email, electronic newsletters and our website. We encourage clients to remit their payments electronically via PayPal or by bank transfer.

Community

We accommodate our walkers in a small family-run hotel or B&B; the hotel is central to the life of the village. They employ only local people and prepare meals from local, organically grown produce as far as possible. They operate environmentally friendly policies.

We endeavour to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local economy. In choosing to lunch at local restaurants we are patronising establishments which employ staff from the local rural community.

Bringing people to a new region, arranging their accommodation and food, walking the ancient footpaths, visiting the local pubs and teaching through carefully-researched commentaries something about 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 local countryside.

We recommend people visit the local museum in Grassington where they can further learn about the history, folklore and legend of the local landscapes through which they are walking. There are opportunities too to learn about local traditions; for example there are at times demonstrations of dry-stone walling, of sheep shearing as well as unique examples of the spectacular limestone scenery and deep dales cut by glaciers and rivers.

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