Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.
- Pat Conroy
We are a family run ‘tour operator’ based in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK. Walk Awhile was founded by Derek Bright in 2002, and continues with the involvement of other close family members. Since 2002 we have welcomed visitors from around the world including America, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as from the UK. As well as supporting individuals, couples and families, we have organised walks for large groups including some of the major charities. We pride ourselves on being able to offer personal support, and are pleased to welcome back customers for a second or third holiday with us.
We are committed to operating a Responsible Travel Policy (RTP) that is supportive and in sympathy with the local communities and environment. This is in line with the stated aims on all our holidays which invites its customers to ‘discover hidden Kent, its history and its people’. We have been awarded the Green Tourism Silver Award since 2006, and we support the Green Pilgrimage initiative. We actively encourage all customers to use public transport to access the Kent Downs (AONB). We advise customers where they can purchase locally produced food and produce along the route of their walk and encourage them to use local services.
Whilst on their walking vacation in the UK we also actively encourage customers to visit local social projects such as the Elham Valley Vineyards, run by the Vale of Elham Trust, that provides work opportunities for people with learning disabilities. We also have encouraged people to walk the North Downs Way for the benefit of nationally recognised charities. Since 2002 we have organised charity walks on behalf of many national charities including The Children’s Society, John Grooms and Christian Aid.
In addition we are committed to an on-going reduction of our energy usage inline with the Annual Environmental Energy Plan (AEEP) for the business. We are committed to using recycled products wherever this can be accommodated within the needs of the business and will continue to adhere to our off-road 4x4 policy.
Walk Awhile works in partnership with the North Downs Way Trail, and Englands Great Walking Trails.