What we're about

AAA - Action Adventure Activity

One of London's most established and active international hiking groups.

Our aim is simple:

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To get outdoors and visit new places, enjoy the beautiful scenery with people who want to have fun and meet new friends. We have a simple philosophy; provide fun and sociable events that incorporate the best an area has to offer with experienced hike leaders.

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All the photos shown are taken on events by group members...thank you to our talented group photographers Alex, the David's, Mike and many others..

Who are we?

We were established in 2008 and have run well over 500 events and hosted over 20,000 members. We usually run around 50 events per year ranging from mid-week evening social events, such as treasure hunts and kayaking sessions, to weekend and the week-long UK and overseas hiking trips to Europe and beyond.

In 2018 we are proud to say that we ran events in over 35 different locations covering the breadth of the UK from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands and from Pembrokeshire to Norfolk. In addition to this, we have hosted trips in over 8 different European locations and we are constantly striving to offer new and interesting trips. We are confident in 2018 there will be even more events and places that we will be visiting.

The AAA crew is made up of a lot of outdoor enthusiasts with decades of experience, a number of our principal hike leaders originate from the British Army and a couple from the Russian Military who all have extensive navigation, mountain and first aid experience. So you'll be in steady hands! Your taste buds will also be very well catered for by our team of chefs, cooks and kitchen helpers.

AAA's mix of great food, capable hike leaders, interesting destination and inclusive social aspects has been very popular with our members, so popular that we are proud to recognise that other larger groups have now been replicating both our events and format and menus. We are indeed flattered by any imitation as the more groups offering trips is good for everyone and we hope one day to be in a position to flatter their achievements.

We for our part will still continue to strive to provide popular destinations at affordable prices with a strong emphasis on providing good hikes, quality food and enjoyable and inclusive socialising. You can also be assured that the events and activities we list are activities we have hosted and not just a marketing ploy, as adopted by the largest UK outdoor group.

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Our most popular events are weekend hiking trips to locations around the UK.

What makes our events?

Without a doubt, the answer to this question is our members. We are proud of the fact that we regularly have over 50% of our weekend and overseas trips made up of loyal members who have attended other trips. This is not to say that the group is cliquey in any way. As hosts, we have belonged to groups where cliques exist and we work hard with our members to ensure that this doesn't happen.

AAA has some basic principals for ensuring successful events. They are quite simply;

1. Great Hiking Destinations. If we are not interested in the destination, then we don't host a trip there. We also don't resist the same destination multiple times in the year just to host more trips than other groups.

2. Quality accommodation is suitable for the event.

3. Only using Experienced Hike Leaders and or qualified instructors for other activities

4. Comprehensive Destination Research which we always pre-visit before proposing an event.

5. Control of the finances, we don't use third-party operators on the ground to book transport and accommodation. We control the money, this reduces any risk of ground operators going into liquidation without the Meetup Group having any recourse.

6. Control of the logistics. If we don't have control of the finances we can't control the logistics. If we have control of the logistics it enables us to adjust the programme if needed.

7. Social Hub. Socialising is a big part of Meetup, after all its in the title! So wherever we are we look to ensure that there is a point where everyone can socialise, whether it be a dining room, local bar or lounge.

Who attends our events?

The majority of our active members range in age between the mid-20s to late 40s, but age is no barrier so long as you are at least young at heart. Members generally live or work in the greater London area, but we have an ever-increasing number of members who live all over the UK and join us in the destination. After all, you don’t need to live in London to visit the Lake District!

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A large proportion of our members are international, providing an interesting and diverse mix of experiences and cultures. We also have a significant proportion of single members on events, although you certainly don’t need to be single to attend. We have many couples attending our events.

If you are nervous about committing to a weekend trip, don't be, almost everyone has turned up on an event before without knowing anyone. We all know what it's like. If you are still concerned try one of our evening or day events, they act as a taster and you are sure to meet like-minded people. We also work hard to ensure that the trips are inclusive for everyone. We usually provide a minimum of two hike leaders on weekend and overseas hikes to ensure we can offer a mix of hikes to meet the group's needs. We rarely have hikes that exceed 28 people and usually, the hikes are pitched a group of no more than 16 people of similar fitness and ability.

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What do we do?

We organise the logistics for our hiking trips so that you don’t have to. We find the locations, book the venues and organise all catering for weekends. We even help coordinate transport and lift shares. If you don't have transport contact the organiser who will help put you in contact with someone who's driving.

Our aim is to explore and hike in picturesque and beautiful rural locations throughout the British Isles and beyond. We regularly visit all of the UK’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Whilst we often repeat visits to the many great National Parks we do vary the locations we stay at as best as we can. We certainly don't repeat the same venues and walks over and over again just because we have a hike or hostel that works and is easy to repeat. One look at our past events will show you the variety of places visited.

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EVENING SOCIALS

We arrange a host of evening events that usually provide an element of the activity. We believe it's better to get people together and involved in an activity that they can participate in rather than just organising a Meetup in a pub. However, we normally conclude our events with a social drink or two in a pub.

Evening events have included (examples of our events can be viewed in our past events section) (http://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/#past)

Treasure & Scavenger Hunts around London, Go-Karting, Paintball, Kayaking along the Thames, Yoga, Shopping Discount evenings, Pub Quizzes, Charitable Volunteering Events, Games nights, Orienteering and Photography exhibitions.

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DAY HIKES AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

We organise a number of day walks and activities throughout the year. These usually depart from a central London station and the hikes normally start at location 60-90 minutes outside of London in areas of scenic beauty. If you live close to the start of the hike let us know and join us there. We look to organise everything, so all you need to do is turn up and we will have your tickets and everything ready. Our hikes are led by very capable navigators with years of map reading experience. In fact one of our hike leaders spent most of his military life navigating at night, so he's relieved to be allowed out navigating during the daylight hour!

We also organise other events such as;

Kayaking on the Cuckmere and into the sea, Go Ape, Go-karting, canoeing the River Wye, caving, climbing & abseiling, zip wires, London's Lord Mayors Show, navigation training and even photography sessions.

HIKING AND ACTIVITY WEEKENDS

Typically we organise two or more weekends per month in all parts of the UK. Trips usually involve a visit to the National Park or an Area of Natural Beauty throughout the UK. Sometimes we organise optional activities that can range from Yoga to cycling. Since 2013 we have included even more climbing & Abseiling, Caving, Canoeing, Scrambling, Kayaking, Surfing and Wine Tasting. But nothing is off-limits so if you have an idea let us know.

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Normally we hire for exclusive use of a Youth Hostel or similar accommodation, sometimes it can be a hotel or lodge. AAA almost always host the breakfast and evening meals as we are very particular about maintaining out a reputation for providing quality food on our weekends. We will be there to greet you on arrival and allocate rooms etc. There is always a warm supper on a Friday night followed by some cake. The weekends then take on a well-rehearsed routine that ensures we can maximize on the time for hiking.

We try where possible not to repeat weekends and if we do we do so in different seasons. However, some locations like Snowdon and the Brecon Beacons are always very popular and worth repeating. But unlike some groups, you won't find us visiting the same location twice or more in the same month. As organisers, we have a passion for the outdoors and too much repetition is a bad thing.

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OVERSEAS TRIPS

We enjoy experiencing new places and we are sure you do, too. So we are always looking to host hiking orientated trips in new overseas locations. We typically organise the accommodation, catering etc as well as plan with detail the hikes in the local areas. Often we will pick you up from the local airport or provide you with details to organise your own transfers to the accommodation. We will even recommend flights and help you coordinate your travel arrangements with others in the group.

When we are in the location we help to facilitate additional activities from mountain biking, paragliding, white water rafting to a wine tasting or local sightseeing trips.

Who are we?

Our core team have a wealth of experience in a wide variety of key areas. We have years of hiking and outdoors experience. Our principal events hosts and hike leaders have over three decades of military experience, two from elite units (certainly not in the catering corp.) as well as a 15-year career in the event management industry producing events from small high-end events to logistics for 15,000 person event. One of our event hosts has even won awards in the event industry. Not content with our existing experience we also undertake additional training to keep our key skills tip-top.

Click here to Meet the team (http://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/pages/AAA_London_Group_crew/)

Why do we do it?

Quite simply we love the outdoors and making the most of this beautiful country we live in and what better way to do it than by meeting new friends.

Our aim is to build a great community of hikers with whom we can share our enjoyment of the outdoors and adventurous activities. As they say, size isn't important! We are never happier than when we see the same members repeatedly attend our events, many have been joining us for years and we continue to enjoy their company.

Many of our members have made new lifelong friends after trips, some have developed into loving relationships and we know of at least three couples that have met and got married after meeting on our events.

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How do we do it?

We create appealing trips that are affordable to all. They are affordable because we generally use Youth Hostels and cater for ourselves and everyone helps and contributes towards the weekend.

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The food you enjoy has been said by many to be the best they have experience on any Meetup event. We strive to ensure we provide a cooked breakfast, not just a cold continental buffet, after all if you are setting off on a day's hike you want a hearty meal. We set everything up in the morning for you to make your own sandwiches with fillings of your own choice. AAA dinner is always very popular with wholesome ingredients including a variety of salads, vegetarian dishes as well a typical main selection followed by a cake for dessert. After supper, we all get to relax and socialise, sometimes with some games, whichever is most fitting. Whilst we all enjoy a pub visit, we include the dinner within the cost, so it's not an extra cost or a car journey (with no alcohol!).

Frequently Asked Questions (https://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/pages/20448201/AAA_Frequently_Asked_Questions/)

Many people ask us questions about our trips, we hope that we cover most of the usual questions in the event description. We also have some answers to the popular question in our FAQ section (https://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/pages/20448201/AAA_Frequently_Asked_Questions/)

Safety

Our main hike leaders have undertaken the six-day Mountain Leader course (accredited by the MLT) as well as having undertaken the two and three day Wilderness & Outdoor Activity First Aid course. One of our hike leaders even undertook a 6-month military-medical course culminating with practical training in an A&E Hospital and 2 weeks with paramedics. Both of our principal hike leaders have over 20 years of military experience, not just as conscripts. Much of their experience was focused on fieldcraft, navigation and first aid, making them ideal hike leaders.

All of our events are run by very experienced hikers, most of our hike leaders have a minimum of Mountain Leader training and an Outdoor Activity First Aid qualification or similar experience/qualifications. It would, however, be unfair to say that this makes the outdoors safe, there is always risks present, but with our experience, training and meticulous planning, we aim to minimise the risk.

Generally, our hikes tend to be limited to 20 people when in the hills and 24-28 in lowlands as our training indicate that this is a safe number, it's also important for everyone's enjoyment that the hike is not hindered by big numbers, or a very slow pace as you constantly find yourself waiting and it prevents people getting left behind, as we hear so often occurs in other groups with 40-50 people on a day hike.

What type of activities do we do?

Over the past three years, we have offered a wide range of events. These have included;

Hiking & walking (of course), kayaking along the Thames, camping & canoeing, yoga breaks, fitness weekends, potholing, historic sightseeing, overseas trips, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, cycling, trekking, backpacking, adventure weekends, coast walking, long distant walking, caving, countryside conservation, charity volunteering, sea kayaking, treasure hunts, paintball, the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge, abseiling, recreation weekends, gorge walking & canyoning, rafting, navigation courses, culture trips, community trips, tennis, orienteering, coasteering, go-karting, horse riding and paragliding…

Unlike some larger groups who claim to have offered these activities, because its good for their marketing and Meetup listing, we have actually offered all these events. Please, check out our past events.

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And there are many other activities we would like to give a try in the future such as sailing, scuba diving, static line parachuting, skydiving, exercise boot camps, target shooting, clay pigeon shooting etc…

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Where do we visit?

Our usual destinations include the National Parks of the United Kingdom such as:

Brecon Beacons, Norfolk Broads, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Dark Peaks, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales.

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We have also organised events with visits to the following areas of natural beauty that have included:

Arnside and Silverdale, Chichester Harbour, Chilterns, Cornwall, Cotswolds, Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs, Dedham Vale, Dorset, East Devon, Isle of Wight, Kent Downs, Lincolnshire Wolds Malvern Hills, Mendip Hills, Nidderdale, Norfolk Broads & Coast, North Devon, North Pennines, Northumberland Coast, North Wessex Downs, Quantock Hills, Shropshire Hills, Solway Coast, South Devon, Suffolk Coast & Heaths, Surrey Hills, Tamar Valley and the beautiful Wye Valley.

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Many of our hikes have included some of the popular long-distance routes, these have included:

Cotswold Way National Trail, Cumbria Coastal Way, Highland Way, East Riding Heritage Way, Grand Union Canal Walk, Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail, Herriot Way, Hertfordshire Way, Mendip Ring, North Downs Way National Trail, North-West Coastal Trail, Offa's Dyke Path National Trail, Peak District High-Level Route, Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, Pennine Way National Trail, Snowdonia Round, Solent Way, South Downs Way National Trail, South West Coast Path National Trail, Southern Upland Way, Thames Path National Trail, Wainwrights Way, Wales Coast Path, Wessex Ridgeway Trail, West Highland Way, Westmorland Way, White Peak Way, Wilts and Berks Canal Towpath, Winchcombe Way and Wye Valley Walk.

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We have also organised overseas trips to destinations such as:

The Pyrenees, the Dolomites, Austria, Slovakia, Belgium, Spain, Slovenia, different parts of Croatia, Poland, Madeira, Scotland, France, Swiss & French Alps and Russia & Ukraine.

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We have plans for trips to Ireland, Norway, Kilimanjaro, Andalucía and as the group flourishes we will offer many more, too!

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Note 1

The destinations and activities listed are examples of events AAA have organised or part of an AAA event. They are not places and events added here to improve our Meetup search ratings and mislead members. We accept that imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but we don't feel flattered when it misleads others. One of the other larger groups has the almost identical text as ours in places, the most notable error on their part is the inclusion of the West Highland Way, Highland Way and Winchcombe Way which are in countries and locations their group has not visited. We are not even going to comment on the activities listed we will leave you to make up your own minds. Come on guys, you know who you are, let's all be honest about what we do and where we go.

Upcoming events (5)

Seven Sisters Walk (Seaford to Eastbourne)

Seaford station

£10.00

Join us for this classic walk in the South Downs National Park. This is one of the most magnificent and justifiably well known 13 mile walk along the South Downs way. This is the classic version of the 7 Sisters starting as usual from Seaford Station to Eastbourne along the white chalk cliffs via Cuckmere Haven, Birling gap and Beachy Head. We will walk along the sea cliffs to Cuckmere Haven taking in the classic view of the Seven Sisters then continuing along over the 7 sisters, until we reach Birling Gap where we will stop for a lunch and look at the interesting informative exhibition on view in the visitors centre. Those that do not have a packed lunch can purchase food from the National Trust cafe. Leaving Birling Gap we continue along the cliffs past Beachy Head before descending down to Eastbourne where we will take a rest and have some refreshments before catching the train back to London LEVEL - Moderate to Energetic in parts 20km and 500 metres ascent We will allow approximately 5 hours for walking, depending upon the speed of the group and excluding any breaks. TRAVEL LOGISTICS: Meetup Point – Outside the entrance to Seaford station, although I will be joining the Seaford train at Lewes. Meetup Time – 10.25 at Seaford station. Walk Departs – 10.30 Seaford Destination You will need to buy a return ticket to Eastbourne. We should complete the walk in Eastbourne town centre at about 4.30 although it is impossible to state an exact time sd this depends on weather and the pace of the group and other unknown factors Those who decide to join the hike, please consider yourself committed for the entire day. PRICE : £ 10.00 pp INCLUDES: • Guided hike • PayPal fee It does NOT INCLUDE: • Your lunch • railfare • Souvenirs or entrance fees to any attractions you wish to visit NOTE: to RSVP "yes" you will need to pay £10 using PayPal GROUP SIZE Normally group size is limited to between 24 and 28 but due to the current covid19 situation groups are limited to 6 although if govt guidance changes the current group size will be increased in line with govt guidance. THINGS TO BRING - Waterproof walking boots. - Waterproof jacket and trousers if you have them, after all this is England and it’s known to rain sometimes. - Suitable trousers or shorts not jeans - Water & snacks and lunch or cash for lunch. RSVP If you do change your plans please update your RSVP so others can take advantage of the walk. Thank you for your understanding. Safety is always paramount with AAA London Group! All participants (members and their guests) on any AAA London Group walk or activity are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly. If you have signed up to the event you acknowledge the AAA London Group Terms and Conditions. Any question contact message Reuben Via Meetup or call[masked]

NEW - July 24-26/27 Northern Cornwall Coast; Smuggler’s Coves & Dramatic Cliffs

Whilst we are remaining positive in our approach to hosting events we would like to assure all guests and potential guests that all of our events will adhere to the Covid 19 restrictions in place at the time of the event. If this requires us to cancel the event or reduce the numbers attending, then full refunds or credits will be provided where applicable. Join us for all-inclusive Hiking & Sightseeing for 2 or 3 nights trip, with homemade food in Northern Cornwall, only 4 hours 35 min drive from Hammersmith. We will be in a small group of up to 22 people. It is a new destination for us. There's so much to do, see and explore in Cornwall. With the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain, you’ll discover tiny fishing villages, smuggler’s coves, countless spectacular beaches and sweeping bays, dramatic cliffs and coastlines, plus beautiful moorland and countryside. Here is a lovely video which shows it all! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=boNT46BMyWg 2 NIGHT PRICE INCLUDES: 2 nights accommodation, Friday night light supper, 2 Cooked breakfasts, 2 Packed lunches, 2 Guided Hikes, Cream Tea & Dinner. 3 NIGHT PRICE INCLUDES 1 more day with full board for £63 extra. We may go for a hike or/and visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan, depending on your choice and the weather. Since you in Cornwall, let's enjoy it the most. Here you may see reviews & photos from July 21-23 Cornwall Coast; Smuggler’s Coves & Dramatic Cliffs in 2017 (https://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/events/236796168/) We have chosen a new destination Boscastle, it is a tiny port with a natural harbour, set in a narrow ravine, and boasts some very attractive thatches and white-washed cottages. Before the railways, Boscastle was a thriving port, serving much of North Cornwall. The coastline around Boscastle is truly exceptional. The National Trust own the cliffs of Penally Point and Willapark which form the imposing headlands either side of the harbour entrance (north and south respectively). Willapark is easily identifiable by the small castellated white coastguard lookout tower perched on the end. The view from here has been utilised since the Iron Age when there was a cliff fort here. Click here to join our Facebook hiking and activity community and keep up to date with events and photos: https://www.facebook.com/AAALondonGroup/?eid=ARDGfzn9iGndtwUlMiULKq2R7cE1FmvshKGUiCZR5gzviVRQ0OwgHTQriFjzOWyidQNfMHy6yauBl0Gm Cornwall's beaches are unrivalled elsewhere in Britain for their beauty and variety, especially in summer. Crackington Haven beach is the closest to the hostel. It is a lovely shingle cove dominated by majestic cliffs and offering a stretch of golden sand along with many rock pools when the tide is out. THE WEEKEND We will be based in a lovely fishing village. For many years, Boscastle has had a Witchcraft Museum, with a ghoulish mixture of exhibits. This was severely damaged by the floods, but will soon be up and running once again. There is also pottery in the village in addition to several gift shops. Following the footpath to the left of the quayside will take you to the Lookout, one of the most wonderful vantage points from which to see the rugged coastline. Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust. At the top of the village, in the direction of Camelford, is Bottreau Castle, and at the top of the Valency Valley is St Merthiana Church, set in a tiny copse that is almost encircled by the lane. Boscastle was once a favourite haunt of the author, Thomas Hardy, and the setting for one of his novels, A Pair of Blue Eyes. It was here that he met his wife, Emma. In fact, the restoration of nearby St Juliot Church was worked upon by Hardy when he was still a practising architect. There will be a shorter hike on Monday, finishing in the Cornish traditional fishing village with a possibility to try some local seafood for lunch. HIKES Usually, you can expect the shorter of the hikes to be around 10 miles / 16km and the long hike to be 14 miles / 22 km plus. This will vary according to the terrain and ascents. AAA choose not to repeat the same hikes from previous trips, we also choose not to publish our hikes in advance, although we usually plan them ahead of the weekend. We will take into account our own local knowledge and that of the locals, along with the weather conditions, prior to announcing the hike options available. FOOD AAA food quality has become well known within the Hiking Meetup community. We typically greet you with homemade soup, served with cold meats, cheese and bread on your arrival on Friday night, topped off with Misha’s signature Banana Walnut cake. Even if you’re not a fan of porridge, you’re guaranteed to be tempted by Misha’s famous hearty porridge with fresh fruit salad, nuts and honey at breakfast. There’s nothing like a steaming bowl of creamy porridge with a handful of crunchy flaked almonds and juicy sweet blueberries to start your day of intensive hiking! Breakfast is, of course, the most important meal of the day, so you can further enjoy sausages and eggs, freshly brewed coffee and juice, with cereals, yoghurt. We believe your packed lunch is a personal affair and we provide you with all the ingredients to make up your own sandwiches. So whether it’s peanut butter & jelly or something more substantial like ham & cheese with freshly sliced vegetables, hummus, you can get creative at our morning ‘sandwich factory’. Day-long hiking in the fresh and invigorating air prompts a healthy appetite, so there are also fruit, crisps and sweet snacks available for your packed lunch. If you have any special diet requirements, please, let us know in advance, so that we can accommodate your needs. You will need to bring your own alcoholic drinks in advance, as AAA is not licenced to sell alcohol. There is no need for additional expenses, such as a meal out at a local restaurant or pub. https://vimeo.com/130983236 ACCOMMODATION: We rented privately YHA Boscastle for 3 nights just for our group. An iconic and unique building, set on a steep-sided valley on the rugged north Cornwall coast, this National Trust-owned rural retreat offers top quality accommodation. Perfect for everyone from single travellers to family holidayers, YHA Boscastle makes the ideal base for your Cornish coastal break in a pretty, bustling fishing village which typifies the local area. All bed linen is provided, with washbasins in each room. Accommodation is in male and female rooms for 4,5 and one for 6 people. ITINERARY https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1X1viyFsRDgq96RCeu8X2UwW9tbKhhehF GETTING THERE AAA events start and end at the accommodation venue so you will need to arrange your own transport to and from the accommodation. Members have been organising lift shares within the Meetup group for a long time and AAA have also assisted members to organise getting to the destination. If you want to lift share we recommend that you post a message on the Meetup “Discussion” page that is specific to this event. Please do not contact people regarding lifts on the “Conversation” thread below as this generates spam for all participants of the event. PRICE of £152 INCLUDES: • 2 nights accommodation in dormitory accommodation • Friday night light supper, • 2 Cooked breakfasts, • 2 Packed lunches, • 2 Guided Hikes by experienced hike leaders • 1 Cream Tea • 1 Dinner on Saturday. • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection. PRICE of £215 INCLUDES: an extra day with full board PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • Transport to the destination • Alcoholic drinks and other incidentals ! ! ! ONLY PAYMENT CONFIRMS YOUR RSVP ! ! ! Once you have RSVP yes you are required to secure your place by making £152 or £215 bank transfer to: Account Name: AAA LG Sort Code[masked] Account[masked] Please, make ensure you add your Meetup profile name & (CORNWALL) as part of the bank reference to guarantee we can match your payment to the correct Meetup profile RSVP. ALSO, DROP A LINE TO [masked] WHEN YOU HAVE TRANSFERRED FUNDS PLEASE. SAFETY & CLOTHING Your safety is always paramount for AAA London Group! By signing up to this event you acknowledge and agree to the AAA London Group Terms and Conditions. (http://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/pages/AAA_London_Group_Terms_and_Conditions/) Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC: http://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Policies.aspx offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at competitive rates. © AAA LG Ltd 2019. Errors and Omissions Excepted.

Rhossili Beach, Gower Wales - an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'

Needs a location

£153.00

Whilst we are remaining positive in our approach to hosting events we would like to assure all guests and potential guests that all of our events will adhere to the Covid 19 restrictions in place at the time of the event. If this requires us to cancel the event or reduce the numbers attending, then full refunds or credits will be provided where applicable. Join us for 2 days of all-inclusive, with homemade food, hiking and sightseeing weekend on the Gower Peninsula in one of our favourite hostels. Rhossili Bay (http://www.visitswanseabay.com/listings/rhossili-bay-beach/) (above) is the first beach to be awarded Britain’s Best Beach by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice for the second year running, not to mention the 3rd best beach in Europe and 9th best in the world! Quite an accolade when you think that the competition includes Australia, Bermuda and Brazil. The awards cabinet is really filling up, as Rhossili has also been described as ‘The supermodel of British beaches’ by The Independent and has also won accolades from UK Travel Writers and awards for being the best spot to have a picnic! We usually have 2 hike leaders on each trip and 2 organised hikes/walks on every day with different length and pace, members may choose their routes according to their fitness and abilities. There will be challenging enough or relaxed if you wish, for everyone. The routes are confirmed in the morning on a day, taking the latest weather broadcast into consideration. The wonderful and varied landscape of the Gower Peninsula (Welsh: Penrhyn Gwyr) was the first place in Britain to be designated as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB) by the Countryside Agency on behalf of the UK government and is one of only five within Wales. 2006 saw the Gower Peninsula celebrating its 50th year as an AONB, an accolade that has truly stood the test of time. Not surprisingly, such an enclosed peninsula surrounded by the Bristol Sea and the Atlantic Ocean has become a haven for some of the richest wildlife and varied habitats in the UK. Scattering the landscape in Gower are historic reminders of past 'Gowerians', from castles, medieval churches, iron age fortifications, and prehistoric standing stones. All this against an awe-inspiring, natural backdrop of hills, valleys, beaches, clifftops, commons, woodland, dunes, marshes and caves. With its vast populated history, stretching back as far as Lower Paleolithic times (250,000 BC), long-established stories, whether they be folklore, legend or fact, are plentiful and furnish the rich and delightful tapestry of Gower. ACCOMMODATION YHA Gower at Borfa House is in the village of Port Eynon, in Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house is next to the sand dunes and beach. Each room, max for 4 people, with its own private bathroom. There are 9 showers and 11 toilets. This one of our favourite hostels in the UK. You may have a single room for £79 extra, a twin bunk room for £89 extra for the weekend, please email to [masked] FOOD AAA food quality has become well known within the Hiking Meetup community. We typically greet you with a warm soup supper with cold meats and bread on your arrival on Friday night topped off with a large homemade cake. You can enjoy Misha’s famous hearty porridge with fruits, nuts and honey both mornings topped off by a cooked breakfast, freshly brewed coffee and juice. The perfect start for hiking. We believe your packed lunch is a personal affair and we provide you with all the ingredients for you to make up your own sandwiches, so if you want to make your own peanut butter and banana sandwiches here’s your chance. Fruit, crisps and biscuit snacks are also available. After returning from your hike scones, jam and clotted cream are available with your afternoon tea. However, some hikes might, if the opportunity arises to go into a local country pub before returning. If you have any special diet requirements please let us know in advance so that we can accommodate your needs. You will need to bring your own alcoholic drinks in advance, as AAA LG is not licensed to sell alcohol. There is no need for additional expenses or travel with a meal out at a local restaurant or pub. ITINERARY Details for the programme of events for a typical AAA weekend can be found via the link below. https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1X1viyFsRDgq96RCeu8X2UwW9tbKhhehF AAA LG prides itself on the great organisation but this itinerary is subject to change due to weather and other uncontrolled circumstances. GETTING THERE AAA events start and end at the accommodation venue so you will need to arrange your own transport to and from the accommodation. Members have been organising lift shares within the Meetup group for a long time and AAA LG has also assisted members to organise getting to the destination. If you want to lift share we recommend that you post a message on the Meetup “Discussion” page that is specific to this event. Please do not contact people regarding lifts on the “Conversation” thread below as this generates spam for all participants of the event. PRICE OF £153 INCLUDES: - 2 nights accommodation - Financial Consumer Protection according to Package Holidays and Tours Regulations 1992, - a choice of guided hikes by Mountain Leader trained at Plas Y Brenin ( The National Mountain Centre http://www.pyb.co.uk/... (http://www.pyb.co.uk/)) ) guide, and certified First Aiders - light supper on Friday - 2 breakfasts - dinner on Saturday - cream tea on Saturday - 2 Packed lunches (AAA aims for home-made healthy food, catering for vegetarians, vegans and anybody else.) but NOT transport, alcoholic drinks and other incidentals. !!!ONLY PAYMENT CONFIRMS YOUR RSVP!!! After you RSVP yes, to secure your place you will need to make a bank transfer of £153 to Account Name: AAA LG Sort Code[masked] Account[masked] Please, make sure you have got your name as a reference as on your profile on Meetup (to avoid misunderstanding) in your payment so I will be able to recognize it as yours. ALSO, DROP A LINE TO [masked] WHEN YOU HAVE TRANSFERRED FUNDS PLEASE. Safety is always paramount with AAA London Group! All participants (members and their guests) on any AAA London Group walk or activity are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly. If you have signed up for the event you acknowledge the AAA London Group Terms and Conditions. (http://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/pages/AAA_London_Group_Terms_and_Conditions/) Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC: http://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Policies.aspx offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at competitive rates © AAA London Group Ltd 2019. Errors and Omissions Excepted.

West End Treasure & Scavenger Hunt followed by a social drink

soho square

£5.00

POST-COVID 19 Lockdown Once the situation has normalised we plan to host some fun social events, but only if the Governments guidance and instructions permit this. Thus we are scheduling some fun gatherings to enable us all to get out and about, meet fellow friends. These events involve walking the streets of London ins small groups (2-4 people) collecting clues and photos. If the event is not possible or we deem it still unsafe given the conditions and general guidance we will simply reschedule it to a later date. EVENT DETAILS West End Treasure & Scavenger Hunt followed by a social drink Join us for another evening’s ‘Treasure Hunt and Scavenger Hunt’ in and around London’s West End topped off with a social drink. Although we have run this event and location before, the clue and questions will all be fresh. Don't worry if you don't have a team, we will place you in one and to make it easier for everyone we will have a flexible start time so you can arrive and start any time between 6 pm and 7.30 pm. The earlier you arrive, however, the more daylight you'll have and more time to rehydrate in the final destination! Everyone will have the same amount of time to complete the event. The event will commence from the North Gate of Soho Square close to the Edge Bar. Here you will be grouped into teams and provided with your maps, clues and instructions. You’ll then be free to start the treasure hunt. The event will take you through the streets of Soho, The Strand and St James before concluding on the Thames close to Charing Cross. Potential refreshment locations exist throughout the route and might even feature in the event. The entry fee of £5. will be used for the prizes and to cover the printing of maps etc. MEETING POINT The event will commence from the North Gate of Soho Square Gardens close to the Edge Bar, Soho Square (W1D 3QE) NEAREST STATION Tottenham Court Road Underground Station (Exit the station and walk along Oxford Street toward Oxford Street Underground station, take your first left down Soho Street. Soho Square is straight ahead and the small Tudor building is in the centre of the park. It’s a small structure. EVENT STARTS 6 pm and 7.30 pm, Flexible start with teams leaving anytime between 6 pm and 7 pm. Find us here: https://what3words.com/jumpy.giant.sheep EVENT FINISH 9 pm at a local pub or bar close to Charing Cross and the Embankment Underground Station. EQUIPMENT REQUIRED • Digital camera or phone with a camera function, only one camera is required per team. If you don’t have one we will make sure someone in your team does. • Cash for drinks etc • Suitable shoes to walk around London in. • Clothing suitable for the weather conditions. • Sense of imagination WEATHER We are blessed in the UK with four seasons. But it is a shame that sometimes at least two of them can be on the same day! Coming prepared with clothing suitable for the day is always more comfortable than being cold and wet. MEETUP STATUS Many Meetup groups suffer from last-minute No-Shows which can be frustrating for all. Whilst the change of plans can at times be unavoidable. All we ask of you is to take a little time to change your status on the Meetup site or simply or text the host on the day. This ensures others can take advantage of your space and prevents any waiting around at the start. QUESTIONS If you have any questions please message Mike H (Event Host) (http://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/members/10481721/) directly via Meet-Up

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Arundel Circular via South Downs & Amberley

Arundel Station

£10.00

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