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We strive to be the UKís number one choice for couples, or groups of friends, looking for activity (usually independent walking or cycling) by day, high quality accommodation (with great food and wine) by night, and an in-depth, interest-packed experience of their chosen destination at every point in their trip. Our focus is on quality, reliability, personal service and a thorough understanding of the cultures and countries in which we operate.
Member since: 30 Jul 2012

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

- We always look to work with small, family owned/ managed hotels, usually with fewer than 30 rooms
- We look for owners who take a real interest in their guests, and chefs whose menus include regional specialities, based on good local, seasonal produce
- We donít fly leaders out with groups. Our leaders are based locally and are chosen for their knowledge of, and passion for, where they live

Environmental responsibility

- Everything obvious in the office is re-cycled (paper, plastic, print cartridges, etc)
- Our brochures are printed on paper from sustainable sources and mailed in bio-degradable packaging
- We also encourage customers to re-cycle all maps and route notes
- We also recycle our bikes and bike parts via our relationship with Colchester-based charity, Recycle

Social responsibility

- All our hotel-to-hotel route notes have been meticulously designed to include off-the-beaten track discoveries
- Headwater holidays are all about getting under the skin of the place youíre visiting - discovering more about the local people
- We believe that itís important that guests have the flexibility to make their own personal discoveries too Ė one of the huge benefits of independent travel

Founded 1985 by Richard and Christine, they specialise in off the beaten track walking and cycling holidays in glorious places with equally gorgeous places to stay.