Ouse Valley Lakes and Gardens Trail - Saturday 15 February

Join us as we head for the scenic landscape of the Ouse Valley in Sussex.

Our hike will take us first to picturesque Balcombe Lake and then across fields and forests to Wakehurst Place, a 16th century mansion that is home to the Royal Botanic Gardens, including Britain's largest growing Christmas tree.

We will pass by the Millennium Seedbank which, with over a billion seeds, is the largest collection in the world. From there we will head through a wooded valley before reaching the shoreline of the magnificent Ardingly Lake, one of the largest in the region. Beyond, we shall find the Victorian Ouse Valley Viaduct, described as probably the most elegant in the country.

We will finish our day in this beautiful landscape as we usually do with food and drink in a local pub.

Meet: London Bridge Train Station (inside the station, near main entrance, opposite M&S outlet)

Meeting time: 10.15 am (leaving on 10.42 train)

Price: £26 (includes transport and full-day guided hike) Please pay before the trip using the secure PayPal link at the top Price does not include meals and drinks

Distance: 15 kms/9 miles

Hike level: easy to medium

Estimated return time to London: 9PM

Things to bring: water, packed lunch, waterproof clothing, hiking boots, torch, camera - if you would like to take some pictures, money for end of day pub dinner


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  • Tania

    Great pictures! Thanks to everyone for uploading!

    February 23, 2014

  • Riva

    Thank you to Tania and Keiran for organising this hike and meeting such wonderful bunch of people. Was missing all the giggles and laughter this morning:) ..If your on Facebook pls add me 'Riva Salazar'..Lets get in touch! Have a lovely week you all!!

    1 · February 16, 2014

    • Riva

      Hope to see you all again on mar 15th!! woop woop!!

      1 · February 16, 2014

  • Daniel D.

    HI I'm interested in going. Rather than RSVP shall I transfer money to in a?

    February 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Daniel, sorry, just got your message, did you end up going in the end?

      February 16, 2014

    • Daniel D.

      Hi Yes but I paid for the trip.

      February 16, 2014

  • Tania

    Oh, where shall I begin? People - absolutely fantastic! Pub - good food! Weather - perfect! Hailstorm - amazing! Special thanks to Kieran whose careful and clever route planning protected us most of the day from the wind - the rest of the country was not as lucky as us, guys :-)

    3 · February 16, 2014

  • HSJ

    Awesome, well organised with a fun and diverse group of people!

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Tahera S.

    Absolutely BRILLIANT day, with an AMAZING bunch of people! Even the hailstorm was magical (just for a while)...look forward to seeing a lot of you again :-)

    2 · February 16, 2014

    • Tahera S.

      Tanya & Kieran - you were brilliant as always. Thank you :-)

      1 · February 16, 2014

  • Sheetal C

    super walk...lovely beautiful people...well done ...:)
    Shorty + His Dad!

    4 · February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic day out! Hike was well organised by Tania and well led by Kieran. Best part was the people I met...such a crazy fun group!

    4 · February 16, 2014

    • s.u.j.a.n

      Fantastic! When is the next long hiking are you planning?

      February 16, 2014

  • saffy

    Hey guys good catching up. Met some fun lovely people, I've missed being out and about. Thank K & T :)

    3 · February 15, 2014

  • Sheetal C

    Fyi...
    Carrot cake slice= 291 calories
    strongbow cider= 189 calories
    magners cider= 210 calories
    pint of bitter= 185 calories
    this hike= 2850 calories plus more cause of mud

    so its all good!!

    5 · February 15, 2014

    • saffy

      Crazy dude stop calorie counting! :0)

      2 · February 15, 2014

  • Kym F.

    Awesome awesome awesome. Fun days. Fantastic mud. Super people. Thank you

    6 · February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Made it to the station...can someone tell me where you are? I'm outside the M&S....07590544756

    1 · February 15, 2014

    • s.u.j.a.n

      Did you manage to go shell?

      February 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I did! :) Found everyone on the platform...such a fun day! I've never laughed so hard in all my life. Thanks to everyone for making it such a fun trip.

      2 · February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kieran/Tania...having train dramas this morning, but finally on my way. Will be a little late, but will make the train time. See you all soon! :)

    February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys, so sorry but I can't make it today! :( Got a really bad cold. Hopefully next time!

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Daniel D.

    Ina

    February 15, 2014

  • Zahra

    Another time, if anyone wants my ticket let me know. Have a great time!

    February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Organisers, unfortunately I can't join you tomorrow, got a nasty flu and there is no way I will be out and about all day. I have made a payment already, so if there is anyone on the waiting list - take my place. You can email me [masked] to discuss the money transfer. Hopefully there is someone who wants to take my place. Apologies for such a short notice.. Have fun tomorrow! x

    February 14, 2014

  • Tania

    Hi everybody! I have just sent an email with our contact info to all people on the YES list. Please check your email account which you use for logging into meetup.com. If for any reason you have not received this email please contact me directly via the site. See you soon! Tania

    February 13, 2014

    • AssadI

      Tania: I got it the 2nd time round. Thanks and see you tomorrow!

      February 14, 2014

    • Marzena

      Please resend, [masked]

      1 · February 14, 2014

  • Kieran

    Trailblazer has acquired much experience of Britain's unusual weather in recent months. The route of our hike will take into account the conditions but make sure you have your waterproof clothing and footwear. There will be mud and there may well be wind, but it appears we will get some sunshine too. Looks like it will be an adventurous day!

    1 · February 12, 2014

    • Sheetal C

      Yah and make sure you get a dog friendly pub this time old chap :)

      1 · February 12, 2014

  • Charlotte T.

    I can nop longer attend sadly, as I have a family matter to deal with. So dissapointed. C

    February 10, 2014

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