A fresh-air loving bunch of people ranging from 20 to 75, with smaller groups and longer routes. No, we don't walk 500 miles in one go. Promise!
I've been organising hikes for friends and groups for half a decade, mainly because I desperately needed to escape the city. The routes we walk tend to be a bit longer, don't stop at the pub for lunch and the groups are a bit smaller.
Routes vary from standard at about 20km(12.5 miles), to challenging hikes and long walks going up to 35km(22miles), and will take between 6 to 8 hours. But all will take you through some of the most beautiful countryside the South East has to offer.
Group sizes: On the whole I limited group sizes to about 20 people, but usually anything between 10 and 20 people come out for a walk (depending on the weather and hang-overs). The smaller groups mean less frustration getting over styles and ensure you get to know everyone you're walking with that day. Many of the people who come out have become regulars and have become good friends.
I'm a XX-year old of the couch-potato persuasion. Can I join? To use a standard description: we're a fun loving bunch who aren't afraid of a bit of rain or mud. There is no average age, or typical fitness level. On the whole we're between 25 and 65 years, and of all walks of life.
You'll need a good pair of shoes or boots, a sense of humor and a bit of patience. You never know... we might get lost. Come along if you're looking for a bit of fresh air, want to be more active, or if you really desperately want to get away for a day. If you're worried about your fitness levels or the terrain, please give me a shout. There are plenty of routes that are easy or don't involve clambering over stiles.
Are the routes safe? I try to test (or reccie) the routes as much as possible, before posting them here. That means I know the route and there should be no surprises. I'm also a trained First Response First Aider. I carry the recommended standard kit for hill walkers, including a full first aid kit. A caveat though: I don't make a profit; I'm not a touring company. So please don't be too upset if the sun doesn't come out on command.
Paws and woofs? Dogs can come along on most walks, but check before please. Especially in spring when there are young lambs out, Fido may have to stay at home, or on the leash. As with humans, please ensure your dog is friendly among strangers and to other dogs, well-behaved, and that you carry enough water and food to keep your pooch going through the day.
Any small print? Not really. But because these are informal walks and groups, you are responsible for your own safety; I'm not liable for any damages if you were to sprain an ankle, chip a nail, get eaten by evil killer snails or walk into a tree, for example.
And finally; the Countryside Code: Respectother people Protect the natural environment Enjoy the outdoors.