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Come to winter Slovakia with us, enjoy walking in snow, winter silence and snowy mountain landscapes. Every day we will set off on a hike to explore the Tatra mountains - the smallest mountain range in the world with an alpine character, but even though still pretty fascinating. We will be based in a ski resort so you can decide to spend the day on your own and hit the local slopes. You will have a chance to try out the slopes in Tatranska Lomnica (as an option besides hiking) - one of the most popular Slovakia´s ski resorts. 1-day skiing will cost you around £49 (includes ski rental and ski pass). THERMAL POOLS We will also visit local thermal pools in Vrbov after one of the hikes. Hot geothermal water will make you feel relaxed and ready for another hike because it has a positive effect on joints and sore muscles. HIKING During this trip we will do easy to medium hikes, about 12-16 km, walking for 4-6 hours with the ascent of 600 meters. We will possibly be walking with crampons attached to your boots. You need sturdy and waterproof walking boots with ankle support. You can bring your pair of crampons or rent one for approx. £4/day. PROGRAM & ITINERARY DAY 1 Arrival to Poprad-Tatry Airport and transfer to accommodation. DAY 2 – 5 Leaving the hotel after breakfast for a day hike. You will visit famous places like Lake Green, Velicka Valley, famous Lake Strbske or Lake Popradske, but you will see from a different perspective - covered with snow. DAY 6 Visit the Belianska cave in the morning, free time to visit Skalnate Pleso (lake) with a cable car and departure in the evening. ACCOMMODATION The accommodation will be provided in a nice guesthouse Snezienka, which is situated in the village of Tatranska Lomnica, at the foot of the second highest peak of Slovakia – Peak Lomnicky. FOOD BREAKFASTS are included, however, our guesthouse does not provide DINNERS. Therefore we will try out local restaurants in the area, which are within a walking distance. 1 dinner is included and will be organized by AAA LG. It will be possible to have LUNCH every day at one of the traditional mountain huts. At the huts, they serve tasty food. You can choose from typical Slovak soups and meals, various types of desserts and drinks. PRICE OF £449 INCLUDES: - 5 nights in twin rooms - 5 breakfasts - 1 Dinner - All transport on a local coach, including airport pick up and drop off. Financial Consumer Protection according to Package Holidays and Tours Regulations 1992 - guided hikes by Misha - Mountain Leader trained at Plas Y Brenin ( The National Mountain Centre (http://www.pyb.co.uk/)) ) guides and certified First Aiders. NOT INCLUDED 4 Dinners Equipment - crampons - you can bring your own or rent a pair for approx. £4/day Entry fees to thermal pool (11€), cave (8€) and optional cable car (16€) !!!ONLY PAYMENT CONFIRMS YOUR RSVP!!! After you RSVP yes, to secure your place you will need to make a bank transfer of £449 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) and "Slovakia" trip in your payment so I will be able to recognize it as yours. ALSO, DROP A LINE TO [masked] WHEN YOU HAVE TRANSFERRED FUNDS WizzAir FLIGHTS[masked]. London Luton - Poprad/Tatry, W97692, 17:50-21:[masked]. Poprad/Tatry - London Luton, W97691, 16:50- 18:30 SAFETY All participants of AAA LG trips must be equipped accordingly. If you have signed up for the event you acknowledge the AAA London Group Terms and Conditions (https://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/pages/14904902/AAA_London_Group_Terms_and_Conditions/). Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate insurance. © AAA LG Ltd 2018. Errors and Omissions Excepted.
Join us for a good hike taking in the coast and the rolling hills of the south coast and maybe a pub ;-) Walk Highlights: The walk will start in Littlehampton from where we will head towards the sea and walk along the coastline for a short distance before heading towards Climping and Ford open prison. We will then head towards the River Arun and walk alongside it until we reach the historic town of Arundel with its castle ruins set on a prominent hill. We will pass through the grounds of Arundel Park including the Horne Tower before dropping back down towards the River Arun via the woods. We will cross the River Arun on the Gurkha suspension footbridge. Please bring a packed lunch, although we will aim to stop at a pub in Arundel for refreshments. HIKING INFO: DISTANCE – 19 km (12 miles) approx. 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 main ticket office at London Victoria Station We will have your rail ticket ready on your arrival. MEETUP TIME – 8.45 am (be punctual as we will depart the meetup point at 09:00) TRAIN DEPARTS - 9.16 am from London Victoria to Littlehampton WALK DEPARTS – 11.01 Littlehampton Station DESTINATION – Returning from Amberley at 17:15 (hopefully) RETURN TRAIN - from Amberley to Victoria arriving 18.56. Naturally, if we arrive earlier or later into Amberley we will get a different train. The direct trains leave at 15 mins past the hour. If we miss a train we can choose to take refreshments in the pub which is handily located next to the railway station! PRICE OF £27.50 INCLUDES: - Return rail ticket - Guided Hike - PayPal fee It does NOT INCLUDE: -Your lunch, souvenirs or entrance fees to any attractions you wish to visit. NOTE: to RSVP "yes" you will need to pay £27.50 using PayPal GROUP SIZE We restrict our groups to no more than 28 including the organiser. We don't wish to have a large group of 40 or more persons trailing across the countryside. This results in a slower hike. 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, not jeans (unless you love being cold and wet once it rains and don’t mind having your pleas for sympathy, because you are wet and cold, ignored!) - Water & snacks to keep you going until lunch. - Cash for lunch. - A sense of fun and patience :). RSVP If you do change your plans please update your RSVP so others can take advantage of the walk. Thank you for your understanding. Finally: It is impossible to state a specific return time as it depends on weather conditions, the general pace of the group and other unplanned factors. Those who decide to join the hike, please consider yourself committed for the entire day. 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. (http://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/pages/AAA_London_Group_Terms_and_Conditions/) http://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/pages/AAA_London_Group_Terms_and_Conditions/ © AAA London Group Ltd 2018. Errors and Omissions Excepted.
Our destination is Wadhurst in the High Weald - an Area of Natural Beauty on the borders of Kent and East Sussex. The Weald – a range of wooded hills runs across Sussex and Kent between the North Downs and the South Downs. Come and hike in the footsteps of Ironmasters and smugglers the area is steeped in local 17/18th century Iron industry history. Breathe in the sights sounds of the High Weald. HIKE DETAILS We will be departing Wadhurst Station and we are heading to Bewl Water the largest body of inland water in south east England. En route to the Lake we will see arboretiums, farmsteads, orchards, waterfalls and ancient woods, sunken lanes. Be on the look out for an Oast house with the signature round or square towers. There might be a prize to the lucky one who spots one first.... These buildings housed a hop kiln designed for drying hops as part of the brewing process. Many redundant Oasts have been converted into houses. We also pass by the village of Tidebrook which (I am told) has the second largest Gold deposits of any hamlet in England. We will stop in the hilltop village of Wadhurst for lunch also an opportunity to visit the Paramo store! The Wadhurst area gained its wealth from the Iron Industry, with the village once being an important hub. Evidence for this can be seen today in the church. Whilst many Sussex churches have one or two iron floor slabs, Wadhurst’s church of St Peter and St Paul has a total of thirty! Notable residents today is Davina McCall, television presenter! On arrival at Bewl Water we will walk the shore before heading back to the pretty village of Frant by way of the Sussex/Kent border path. In Frant we will visit a pub before heading back to London. MEET UP LOCATION AND TRAVEL DETAILS LONDON MEETUP POINT – London Charing Cross main concourse. By M&S, Toilets, Nero Coffee Your host will have your rail ticket ready on your arrival. MEETUP TIME – 08:00 (be punctual). We will move from the Meetup Point to the trains 10 mins prior to the trains departure. TRAIN DEPARTS - 08:40 (Direct) TRAIN ARRIVES WADHURST - 10:00 RETURN TO LONDON 18:54 REFRESHMENTS & LUNCH We will picnic outside the White Hart pub in Wadhurst. We will take a further break when we get to Bewl Water. We will take refreshment in the Brecknock Arms Pub at the end of the hike in Frant!! HIKING FACTS & FIGURES Distance: 12 miles (20 kms) Ascent: 430 metres Terrain: Good tracks/paths with some section being lake and riverside. Mainly grass with some tarmac and gravel sections. Speed: A gentle hike (4 km-4.5 km per hour) Walking time: About 6 hours of actual hiking COST The day hike is £24 This includes the guided hike, train travel from/to London and the PayPal fee. THINGS TO BRING IN DAYSACK • Walking shoes or boots • Packed lunch - we will picnic out on the hike • Snacks to keep you going! • Waterproof jacket and optionally waterproof trousers • Warm/Windproof layer • Hat/Gloves • Gaiters - likely to be muddy on the fields • Wicking base layer e.g Merino/Polyester • Water [2L recommended] • Cash for drinks • Camera FINALLY Those who join the hike, please consider yourself committed for the entire day. We have operated over 655 events in the last nine years that have been free of major incidents. We have been able to do this through good planning. Your Hike leader is a trained Summer Mountain Leader and carries a First Aid Kit. 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. You acknowledge the AAA Terms and Conditions. http://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/pages/AAA_London_Group_Terms_and_Conditions/ © AAA London Group Ltd 2019. Errors and Omissions Excepted.
Join us for the all-inclusive weekend of hiking & Yoga in a beautiful location of The Severn River Vale and charming West Cotswolds. All of that topped up with our healthy, homemade food cooked by AAA LG chef. We are going to combine Hiking, Sightseeing & Yoga. Spoiled for choices! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpJUT3AfjFw The River Severn (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M48ANM3hAQ) (great video linked), the longest river in Britain, 220 miles from source to the sea. The Severn Bore (http://www.severn-boating.co.uk/bore.htm) is one of Britain's few truly spectacular natural phenomena. It is a large surge wave that can be seen in the estuary of the River Severn, where the tidal range is the 2nd highest in the world, being as much as 50 feet (approx. 15.4m). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKA39LQOIck As we are only a short drive from The Cotswolds Hills - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), we plan to have a few hikes organised there, visiting the small pretty towns and villages providing pleasant places to while away the time, easily identified by its mellow stone buildings. The Cotswolds have long been regarded as a perfect walking country with their wonderful series of rolling hills set amidst lush green countryside. HIKES There will be a minimum of two very capable hike leaders on this weekend, both with extensive navigational and leading experience and trained in wilderness first aid. We have some great hikes planned that range in length to accommodate most fitness levels. 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 Misha’s signature Banana & Walnut cake. AAA aims for home-made healthy food, catered for vegetarians, vegans and anybody else. We believe your packed lunch is a personal affair and we provide you with all the ingredients for you to make up your own packed lunch. After returning from your hike scones, jam and clotted cream are available with your afternoon tea Saturday dinner is a group event; members will help with some of the preparation. Dinner is usually served at 8 pm and includes a wide selection of salads with meat and a vegetarian dish. YOGA WE WILL HAVE 2 YOGA INSTRUCTORS ON THIS TRIP TO BE ABLE TO SPREAD GROUP INTO 2 IN TWO DIFFERENT ROOMS. Hiking and Yoga is a great combination, we have had a few weekends in the past and they proved to be very popular. Yoga can be fun and a very beneficial physical and mental work out. Any level is welcome, classes will be tailored and suitable for the beginners and the advanced yoga practitioners as well. All classes are tailor-made and with particular emphasis on strengthening and awakening the body in the morning. ACCOMMODATION: We rented privately high-quality hostel for 2 nights just for our group. We will be based in the heart of Gloucestershire - beautiful countryside location, just a short journey from Slimbridge Wetlands Centre and Berkeley Castle are just a short drive away. Situated near to the canal in the Severn Vale. Complimentary WIFI is available throughout the hostel. There is a game room with a pool table for us. There are also 2 en-suite double rooms for £89 extra for the weekend, ideal for couples, please contact us if interested. PRICE OF £163 INCLUDES: • 2 nights hostel accommodation in rooms for 4/6 people • Friday night light supper with homemade Misha's cake • 2 Cooked breakfasts • 2 Packed lunches • Choices of 2 Guided Hikes on every day • 1 Cream Tea • 1 Dinner on Saturday • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection. • 3 Yoga classes for 1 hour each Price DOES NOT include: • Transport to the destination • Alcoholic drinks and other incidentals, massage !!!ONLY PAYMENT CONFIRMS YOUR RSVP!!! After you RSVP yes, to secure your place you will need to make a bank transfer of £163 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 & (Cotswolds) in your payment so we 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, welfare & must be equipped accordingly. If you have signed up to 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 2018. Errors and Omissions Excepted