Road cycling tour in UK and Ireland
Description of Road cycling tour in UK and Ireland
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PlanetWe are firmly committed to responsible tourism and all of our tours reflect that commitment. Our holidays are purposefully designed to provide a visitor experience that maximises the positive benefits of tourism while minimising any negative impacts.
Leave No Trace & Our Guides
We are staunch advocates of the Leave No Trace principles, in which our guides are fully trained. On all of our activities, our guides will ensure that the impact on the environment, wildlife and local community is minimised. Along the way, our guides will teach you how to do this so that the knowledge is spread on your travels in the United Kingdom and further afield. Our guides are ambassadors for UK's wild places and are passionate about sharing their knowledge. Your guide will not only lead your activities but tell you all about the local flora, fauna, geology, history and culture along the way.
Our trips focus on enjoying the landscapes through human power, so by walking, biking or paddling through them. We minimise motorised transports as much as possible.
This road cycling holiday starts and finishes at a mainline train station to encourage the use of public transport. You will spend your days cycling 35-95km, across 5 countries. This way you get to really immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery of England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Accommodation & Meals
We’ve handpicked your accommodation on this trip and we take the provider’s Green Tourism credentials into account during our selection process and encourage where possible for our partners to reduce, reuse and recycle. We use a variety of cosy B&Bs, small hotels, beautiful inns and family-run guesthouses.
We try to source all food and drink provided on the trip as much as possible locally, and endeavour to take our clients to establishments that celebrate seasonal British and Irish produce, meat and dairy. We’ll often have picnic lunches en route which are the perfect opportunity to taste some of the local specialities. There will also be plenty of opportunities to try things typical to each area we visit like cream tea in Yorkshire, Guinness in Ireland and a dram of whisky in Scotland.
In the Office
It's not just on trips that we promote sustainable processes! We operate our holidays out of a carbon-neutral headquarters which is powered by renewable energy. We reduce, reuse and recycle, using environmentally friendly products from local suppliers where possible. In addition, our office car park hosts two public EV charging stations, and we subsidise staff usage. We encourage car-sharing and compete monthly for the most environmentally friendly commute!
In preparation for our trips, we strongly encourage our travellers to bring a reusable water bottle and lunchbox on their holiday to discourage the use of single-use plastics.
Lastly, we are committed to contributing annually to a nature-based charity that promotes conservation in the United Kingdom.
We ensure a warm welcome from the locals wherever we go as we’ve always strived to work together with the local community and businesses, ensuring that the economic benefits are shared. We seek out locally owned and family-run hotels and restaurants over chain businesses. Packed lunches and snacks are sourced locally, either directly from the accommodation providers or from small cafes and delis.
On each trip, we endeavour to introduce our visitors to local and unique experiences, to channel tourism income back into the local community. Cycling is the main event on this tour and you will see a range of scenery as you travel. However, en route, we’ll visit various castles, enjoy locally operated boat tours, eat lunch at a farm shop and have the opportunity to visit the Giant’s Causeway in the evening outside of normal visiting hours.
Some of the areas we visit suffer from over-tourism and we do what we can to manage this consequence. The crowding caused by over-tourism not only negatively impacts the natural environment but also the quality of life of the communities who live and work in the beautiful destinations that we visit. To mediate this we take our clients to the lesser-known spots in any given area, extend our tour departures into the less busy shoulder months to spread the flow of visitors and when we do visit ‘hotspots’ we aim to go outside of peak hours.
We deliberately keep our groups small for several reasons. Having smaller groups means less disturbance to the environment and the local community. It also means that we can stay at smaller accommodation providers who are not eligible to benefit from mass tourism providers and have a better guide to traveller ratio.
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