Sidmouth and the Devon Coast walking holiday

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Environment
We are committed to offering low impact holidays which benefits the countries and communities we visit, as well as our travellers. As most of the time on our tours is spent exploring on foot, it is important that our staff, local partners and customers are aware of the delicate balance which exists in the places we visit.

On our tour it is safe to drink water directly from the tap however, for customers keen to avoid buying single use plastic bottles, we offer customers the chance to purchase a discounted filter Water-To-Go bottle which combines three different technologies to remove over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants in water.

We operate a ‘leave no trace’ policy in the national parks, archaeological sites, monuments and other sensitive areas; these should be treated with the ultimate respect to maintain them for future generations. Our guides are trained to promote this message to our customers in the UK.

As the focus of this trip is primarily walking, there is plenty of time to hit the trails and we aim to make a minimal impact on the areas as possible. This includes sticking to the trails and not deviating
which upsets the flora and fauna. Not feeding wildlife as they become reliant on tourists, plus maintaining a safe and respectful distance from wildlife. We give information as per the ranger guides, on how to behave should you come face to face with local wildlife.
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The Impacts of this Trip

On this tour we stay in a hotel owned by a Sidmouth resident. For this we have chosen a hotel that recycles waste as much as possible, and we encourage our customers in the tour dossier to bring a refillable water bottle. The Sidholme Hotel is an elegant Georgian mansion set within 9 acres of beautiful grounds and just a short stroll from the seafront and Jurassic Coast. The mansion was originally built for the 6th Earl of Buckinghamshire and was known as Richmond Lodge; it’s now been welcoming guests for 80 years. We are proud to contribute towards its longevity.

We cap passengers at a maximum of 22 customers so as not to impact the fragile environment of the areas we walk through in Sidmouth, especially as we explore primarily on foot. This tour uses activity providers owned by residents Sidmouth residents. This all brings economic benefit across the area.

We work with local partners who share our commitment to responsible travel where possible. They take pride in employing and training only locals, to ensure money ends up in the hands of the local community.

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