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Responsible Tourism

Our Charitable Trust

Our not-for-profit ethos

Unlike many tour operators, we have our own Trust through which RWH Travels’ profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. We especially want to focus on encouraging both young and old to experience the beauty and rewards that our countryside can bring.

Here are just a few of the projects that we have funded recently:

The Ramblers & Don't Lose Your Way

One main focus of the Trust’s financial support is to provide funds to Britain’s leading walking charity, the Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. They have achieved so much over very many years of campaigning for walkers’ access rights and we’re proud to have stood alongside them in this work and given many millions of pounds to assist with their valuable achievements.

Our current support to the value of £400,000 is focused on the Ramblers 'Don't Lose Your Way' campaign. This project has found 49,138 miles of rights of way missing from the definitive map in England and Wales, which the Ramblers is now racing to save by 2026. For more information about this project, click here

Extending support through our smaller grants scheme

Whilst continuing to be fully committed to supporting the Ramblers, the Trustees are keenly aware of the Trust’s objectives to help all people gain a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside. In acknowledgement of this the Trust has recently expanded its grant allocation policy to include a small grants scheme.

We have made a number of small grants over the past 6 months, supporting the footpath network in the UK. These include signage for Heritage Walks in the Vale of Snaith, footpath improvements along the Stour Valley Way near Gillingham, Dorset. Other grants awarded recently are funds to repair a bothy hut and funds to the John Muir Trust for much needed footpath repairs. Read on below to find out about the other grants and projects that we've been working on. 

If you are a member of a relevant walking or outdoors charity or organisation that you feel would benefit from one of our grants, please fill in our small grant application form, below:

Click here to download a Small Grant Application Form

Below are just a few examples of projects funded through this scheme:

The Dartmoor Way

The Dartmoor Way is a waymarked 108-mile (173km) long circular route around Dartmoor.

This new way travels along quiet footpaths, bridleways and little-used byways passing through many of the attractive towns and villages that nestle on the edge of Dartmoor. The route can be enjoyed all year round.  Updating and improving The Dartmoor Way walking route took around 8 years to complete – as the whole route needed to be waymarked from scratch. Full waymarking of the route is now complete, with only some short sections of open moor not having signage, as it was felt inappropriate to install posts on wild and open moorland. The new walking trail now completely circles the Moor, a 108 mile route - a great challenge route, or one to do over a week's long holiday in the area. 

RHCT have supported the later stages of this project by donating just over £18k to provide much needed funds to buy new signposts and tools for the volunteers. We can't wait to walk the whole route! To read more about this project click here

The John Muir Trust

We recently awarded the John Muir Trust a small grant. This funded a good proportion of the annual cost of their path repair and maintenance work at Ben Nevis and Steall Gorge – extremely popular areas with hillwalkers, climbers and tourists alike. 

This included much needed repairs to the Steall Gorge Path in Upper Glen Nevis where the previously collapsing path was dug out and rebuilt with a new retaining wall.

Church Warsop Bridleway

The Trust contributed in March 2017 towards the cost of establishing Church Warsop Bridleway as an RoW on the Definitive Map. Joe Colls, trustee, recently met Steve Parkhouse, the Notts Area member who led the project, and walked the bridleway. Steve is an active and productive campaigner who is leading many separate projects to identify and save footpaths in Nottinghamshire. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of local RoW issues, and is on the advisory panel for the RHCT-funded "Don’t Lose Your Way" project.

The bridleway is a disused colliery railway line running east-west for 2.5 km between Wood Lane near Church Warsop and the Robin Hood rail line north of Shirebrook. The bridleway is now Warsop BW56 on the Definitive Map.

Dubs Hut bothy renovation

The iconic Dubs Hut bothy in the Lake District is to be renovated, thanks to a cash grant from Ramblers Walking Holidays Charitable Trust. The bothy lies in the quarry above the Honister Pass, on the route to Haystacks, Alfred Wainwright’s favourite fell. It’s a useful shelter for hillwalkers and outdoor enthusiasts, and has been used as an emergency base for the local Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team. The Mountain Bothy Association (MBA), which took on responsibility for maintaining the bothy in 2014 will use the funds to replace the hut’s crumbling slate roof, fit new weather proofing and install a wood-burning stove and flue.

David Moorat of the MBA said:
"Thanks to Ramblers Walking Holidays, we have much needed support from their charitable trust to put towards the renovation project."

Helping the next generation

We aim to provide financial support to a number of environmental and educational organisations in the UK with a focus on our young people. These include smaller charities that can provide an outdoor experience for the disadvantaged and disabled; outdoor education centres for inner city children and perhaps in the future, funding a variety of other programmes focussed on the countryside and outdoor activities.

A recent grant was to an inner city school in London to purchase boots and waterproof clothing to allow young people to participate in country walking during the school holidays. These young people would otherwise do little physical exercise and rarely visit the countryside.

We have also supported the YHA Breaks 4 Kids programme over the last 3 years and the fantastic work they’re doing in helping the disadvantaged pupils join their classmates in outdoor activity breaks.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust is delighted that it has been able to support young people in the South East taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The Trust has provided bursary funding to enable them to participate in DofE activities to fulfil the requirements of either the Bronze, Silver or Gold levels of the DofE when finances may otherwise have prevented them from doing so. To date over 350 young people have received financial support. Here is some feedback from one young student:

"Our expedition was a great success as we all passed and had an amazing experience at the same time. I would like to thank the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust for my grant, without which I would not have been able to afford to take part in the expedition."

If you are a member of a relevant walking or outdoors charity or organisation that you feel would benefit from one of our grants, please fill in our small grant application form, below: 

Click here to download a Small Grant Application Form

Campaign for National Parks

The annual Parks Protector Award is given to projects that make a big difference in England and Wales' National Parks - the project could be to improve biodiversity, restoring built or natural heritage, protecting or campaigning against a threat, youth engagement or volunteering. We have supported the awards for a number of years, and in 2020 we helped fund the prizes awarded to the winners. We also were delighted to be able to offer the prize for 'Volunteer of the year' - a walking holiday at Hassness Country House! 

Click here to read more about these awards and the fantastic work the volunteers do for our National Parks. 

Ramblers Scotland Medal Routes

Inspired by the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Trust is now into the third year of funding for Ramblers Scotland Medal Routes project. Medal Routes are three short circular walking routes that start and finish at the same location, designed to take approximately 15, 30 and 60 minutes with the starting/finishing point being a café, sports centre, library, or health centre. This project is about using local knowledge to create local routes for local people on local paths but visitors and tourists will be able to benefit from them too. All Medal Routes are available to download online.

The Walkers are Welcome Scheme

The Trust has begun to work with this walking network, making small grants available to towns when they achieve ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status. For more information please visit walkers are welcome.

The Priest’s Way in Dorset

The Priests Way follows an ancient track used by a medieval priest as he travelled back and forth between the churches in his care at Swanage and Worth Matravers in the Purbecks. The track had fallen into disrepair so the RHCT contributed funds to replace the way-markers. The route now forms a well signposted circular route for walkers visiting the coast and inland paths of this eastern section of the Jurassic Coast.

Penrhys Pilgrimage Project

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust is proud to have been part of the team funding the Penrhys Pilgrimage Project. Until the late 16th century Penrhys was one of the holiest sites for Christian pilgrimage in Wales, being the place where according to legend a statue of the Virgin Mary appeared in an oak tree. This 22 mile route between Llandaff Cathedral and Penrhys passes through some beautiful countryside. Over the years parts of it have fallen into disrepair, parts have disappeared and alternative routes had to be found.

The Trust contributed funds to mark the path, making it easily accessible to locals and visitors alike.

The project is about far more than reviving a lost path. This area of south Wales has suffered from historical social problems. The resurrection of the path has the potential to restore self-belief and confidence in the community as well as create jobs. It will bring some positive attention to a community that has only had negative attention for a very long time. They are very, very keen to see this Walk be a success!

This is exactly the sort of grassroots, volunteer-led project which the Trust seeks to support, where money goes directly to where it is needed.

Silverburn Park Campsite 

This fabulous campsite featuring camping pods, used by people walking the Fife Coastal path – is run by Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT), who are a charity based in Glenrothes that help people with mental health issues get back into work by delivering training and support. FEAT Trading CIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the charity and has assumed the role of the Management Company for Silverburn Park. 

We have provided ongoing support of the regeneration of the Park and specifically the creation of the new camping and glamping site. With our support earlier this summer they were able to add disabled ramp access to the shower block and create an accessible entrance to the facility.