Wales’s Gower Peninsula self guided walking holiday

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Wales’s Gower Peninsula self guided walking holiday

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, for example on Sundays on the Gower Peninsula, 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. 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 locally grown produce as far as possible.

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 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 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.

We choose the best walks available which may not always start directly from a railway station or hotel. Therefore provision has to be made to transport people to and from the start of one particular walk. We have used the same local taxi company over the years, thus bringing welcome repeat business to them.

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 Heritage Centre where they can further learn about the history, folklore and legend of the landscapes through which they are walking.

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