Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

Welcome to Explorer UK, the London based hiking and walking group taking you on day trips through the pretty countryside of South East England and weekends away across the UK.

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

Who We Are: Explorer UK is based in London and our members often live in and around the city but also many come from all over the world, are staying for work or study and want to get out and go hiking with some new people and new friends. Most are in their 20s, 30s and 40s but all our welcome. Your organisers, Tom and Louise, have enjoyed hiking and the outdoors all their lives, now we want to share this with you.

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

What We Do:

Walking: Most of our walking and hiking trips involve meeting up at a London train station before heading out into the countryside for a days walk together before getting the train back into town in the early evening. Our walks are typically around 10 miles in length and we like to have a good mix of hills and valleys and woods and rivers, usually with a castle, a windmill or a hilltop beacon to enjoy along the way.

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

Hiking: As well as the South East we also organise hiking trip weekends across the UK and maybe further afield if you would like. We are big fans of the Peak District and the Lake District and will be booking out hostels for us to stay in. We aren’t one of the fastest groups but some of the day hikes really are a chance to stretch your legs…we never leave anyone behind at the back though!

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

Socialising: All of our hikes are a great chance to meet new people and make new friends. We are a relaxed group and there is plenty of space to breathe the air, enjoy the views and then chat to the others as the mood takes you. Many people come on their own and we make sure everyone is welcome, others like to bring a friend as their guest. It’s up to you. Most of our walks have a pub stop in the middle and we always have a chance to go for a meal and a drink together at the end.

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

Exploring: There’s so much to see and do and lots of it is not too far outside London. Come along and discover The North and South Downs Way, Arundel Castle, The Otford Solar System, The Angel on the Bridge, The River Thames, The Shivering Mountain, The Chiltern Hills, Beachy Head Cliffs, Jack and Jill, Gallows Down and much more. We’ve been to lots of places, now we want to take you too. Come along and have fun!

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

Safety: Tom is a fully qualified Hill and Moorland Leader (MLTE) who also holds an Outdoor First Aid certificate. All of the hikes we take you on have been tried out before to make sure they are suitable and we aim to minimise risk through careful planning, good organisation, experience and skill. We take your safety seriously and have a risk policy published under our terms and conditions.

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

FAQs

Can I come on my own? Yes, most people do although you are welcome to bring a friend or sign up a guest. We make sure everyone is very welcome and there will be lots of people to talk to as you are going along.

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

Costs: We keep our costs simple and there are no hidden things to pay for. Typically you will pay securely on PayPal through the Meetup site and this includes your return train ticket and full day guided walk. Please note we don’t do refunds unless the walk is cancelled.

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

What should I wear? We ask you to wear sensible walking clothes and shoes, taking into account the weather forecast and time of year (this normally includes a waterproof).

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

What should I bring? Most of our walks we ask you to bring a packed lunch or buy a sandwich at the station before we set off, always bring extra water (suggest one litre). Sunscreen/ hat and/or waterproofs depending on weather forecast/season. A day-sack (rucksack). You may like to bring a camera and some money to buy a drink or a meal in the pub at the end.

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

How fit do you need to be? We are not one of the fastest  hiking groups but you do need a reasonable level of fitness to complete the length of walk (usually around 10 miles) and remember there will be some hills along the way.

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

Is this an established, trustworthy, hiking group? We have been going strong since January 2nd 2012 and currently have 2,800 members.

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

Will I enjoy the hike and have fun? We certainly hope so! Why not check out some of our reviews to see what a good time people have.

Explorer UK – Walking, Hiking, Socialising, Exploring

Hope to see you on a hike soon, best wishes

Tom and Louise

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