Footscape walking holidays and heritage tours, by their very nature, promote an appreciation of the natural and cultural heritage of Dorset. We are extremely lucky to be based in an area of outstanding natural beauty, which already has stringent controls on what human beings can and cannot do there.
To further the need to protect the biodiversity, fauna and flora of the countryside, along with the cultural heritage of the area in which we operate, we provide all our clients with a copy of the Countryside Code, as well as our own detailed guide books on the history, geography and legends of key places along our trails.
Wherever possible we choose accommodation providers who are either in the Green Tourism Business Scheme or who comply to most of the key criteria: low energy use, comprehensive recycling and use of local or home-grown produce.
We are also very conscious about the need to minimise the use of private transport. Therefore we have designed more and more independent walking holidays where only occasional use of public transport is required, and where there is no need for a private car or Footscape vehicle.
By providing dedicated services, we actively encourage families to book a holiday with us and so discover the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and other unspoilt parts of Dorset, in order to foster or develop an early enjoyment of nature amongst children.
With regards to ourselves, we have a small, home-based office with one computer, one printer, a telephone, 2 desks, a lamp, a bookshelf and a filing cabinet. That’s it. We recycle everything that we can, including printer ink cartridges, and use recycled products wherever possible. Except for our Trail guides, we use very little paper (recycled), as almost all our bookings come through our website or by email.
We support a number of trusts or charities that are dedicated to preserving the natural or cultural sites within the region.
My mum and I had a wonderful break and it was lovely discovering the beauty of Dorset, an area which I've not been to before. Thanks again for your help and advice ... . I'd definitely recommend Footscape to friends in the future.”
Catherine McGarey, England