What we're about

AAA - Action Adventure Activity

London's most established and active international hiking groups.

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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 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 principles 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 it's 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 at 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 weekends 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 to 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) (https://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 locations 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 the exclusive use of a Youth Hostel or similar accommodation, sometimes it can be a hotel or lodge. AAA almost always host 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 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 (https://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 at 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 experienced at 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

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 (4+)

Autumnal Royal Windsor. The Castle, the Great Park and Canadian Maples.

Paddington Station

£22.00

*'HIKE ONLY' option - If you wish to organise your own rail ticket, travel alone, or meet at Windsor & Eton Railway Station - please pay £10 with Paypal on RSVP*

Autumn has arrived and it's time for trees bearing golds, reds, purples, russets and orange canopies, so let's head by train to Royal Windsor - home to Windsor Great Park and Virgina Water. We start our hike at the grand central railway station only steps away from the castle. We will pass by the Guildhall and Royal Mews of the old town and enter Home Park.

We will follow Queen Anne's Ride through the Gallops - a calvary exercise ground - to 'The Village' built in the 1930s to house Royal estate workers. Hiking south we meet a Jubilee monument of Queen Elizabeth.

Next we head to the southern side of the Great Park home to the Valley Gardens and Virgina Water. Enjoy twisting autumnal woodland trails with glimpses of glittering water. Watch out for the seasonal fungi - red mushrooms with white spots. Admire the towering 100 foot Totem Pole at the end of the Canadian Memorial Walk. The maple trees are a riot of colour.

It's time to go back, so we turn north through the Gardens to Snow Hill. Take a moment at the very top - next to a copper statue of George III on his horse - to take a photo of the commanding views across to Windsor, Eton, the Castle and the Long Walk.

We will follow the epic Long Walk - an avenue of trees - back to the gates of the Castle. Appreciate the herd of Red Deer in the park along the way. We will find a cosy pub tucked beside the Royal Mews for a well-earned drink.

HIKING INFO

Distance: 21 KM (13 miles approx)
Estimated Duration (approx): 5 hours for walking
Difficulty: Moderate
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TIMINGS

Meetup Point: London Paddington Railway station
Meetup Time: 0855
Depart Meetup Point for train: 0910
Train departs London Paddington: 0920
Train arrives Windsor & Eton: 1002
Hike Finish: Windsor & Eton Station

It is impossible to promise a specified finish time, but we aim to be back in London Paddington by 1800

£22 PRICE INCLUDES

PRICE INCLUDES

Guided Hike by a trained Summer Mountain Leader with Wilderness First Aid Training
PayPal fee
Train Ticket

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Lunch, Drinks, Souvenirs, Entrance fees to any attractions you wish to visit

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING IN A DAYSACK

Hiking Boots or shoes
Waterproof jacket and trousers (Please no jeans!)
Water [2L recommended]
Warm/Windproof layer
Hat and gloves
Wicking base layer e.g Polyester/Merino
Camera & phone
Packed lunch/snacks
Face Covering for train

RSVP / CANCELLING

If your plans change please update your RSVP ‘No’. Others can take advantage of the newly available place. If the hike sells out then please message us we will be happy to refund you.

*COVID 19 SAFETY*

'We have consulted with government, HSE, and undertaken a Risk Assessment. All our trips are 'Covid Secure' and been certified as 'COVID safe good to GO' by Visit England.

*The hike is limited to 24 attendees*

We have operated over 950 events in the last ten years that have been free of major incidents. We have achieved this via meticulous planning. 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 and accept the AAA London Group Terms and Conditions.

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Oct.29-31 HIKING, YOGA & Navigation Training in Exmoor NP with coastal hikes

YHA Pinkery Pinkery Outdoor Centre,

£165.00

Join us for the all-inclusive HIKING, YOGA & Navigation Training weekend with homemade hearty meals in Exmoor National Park with ALL EN-SUITE ROOMS!

To RSVP for the Navigation please follow the link
https://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/events/278254585/

Stunning landscapes, wilderness and tranquillity, rare in southern England, and a warm rural welcome await you on Exmoor, one of Britain's breathing places; and the glimpse of wild Red Deer or the native Exmoor Pony, are just a couple of the delights that make Exmoor special.

Exmoor whatever time of year you visit you are sure to experience the full extent of Exmoor's beauty.

Situated in the southwest of Britain, Exmoor National Park contains an amazing variety of landscapes within its 267 square miles. A unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. Where high cliffs plunge into the Bristol Channel, and cosy pubs and tearooms offer delicious local produce.

Steeped in history Exmoor area covers a wide range of places to visit from Combe Martin in North Devon along the spectacular coastline of Exmoor National Park, across the Quantock Hills to the tip of West Somerset and inland to rural villages and acres of open space, from rugged moorland to wooded valleys. It's all dotted with pretty villages where you'll find a friendly welcome.

HIKES

There will be a minimum of two very capable hike leaders this weekend, both with extensive navigational and leading experience and trained in wilderness first aid.

The choice of hikes will differ in distance and toughness and we usually aim to have no more than 15 people per hike. This ensures that the groups are not left waiting for long periods.

Usually, you can expect the shorter of the hikes to be around 10 miles / 16km and the long hike to be 16 miles / 25 km plus. This will vary according to the terrain and ascents.

We are passionate about hiking and experienced navigators as such we don’t need to repeat the same hikes on the same weekends.

YOGA

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 very beneficial physical and mental workout.

Any level is welcome, classes will be tailored and suitable for beginners and advanced yoga practitioners as well.
Maintaining a supple body and peaceful mind is essential for our well-being.

All classes are tailor-made and with particular emphasis on strengthening and awakening the body in the morning.

In the evening we will focus more on balance in the postures and we will treat our body to 15 minutes of total relaxation.

“Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness, yoga shows the way.”

Yoga sessions will take place on Saturday/Sunday in the morning 7-8 and on Saturday evening 17-18.
With an excellent location and great walks, this is the weekend for anybody willing to relax and recharge!

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.

See AAA LG cake selection from the past trips. (https://www.facebook.com/pg/AAALondonGroup/photos/?tab=album&album_id=509122415954721)

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 to a day hike, cereals, bread and food are also available.

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 for the cream teas and pop into a local country pub before returning.

Saturday dinner is a group event; members will help with some of the preparation whilst reflecting on the day’s scenery. Dinner is usually served at 8 pm and includes a wide selection of salads with meat and a vegetarian dish.

If you have any special diet requirements please let us know in advance so that we can accommodate your needs.

(AAA aims for homemade healthy food, catering for vegetarians, vegans & anybody else.)

There is no need for additional expense or travel for a meal out at a local restaurant or pub.

Click below to join our Facebook hiking and activity community and keep up to date with events and photos
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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.
Please do not contact people regarding lifts on the “Conversation” thread below as this generates spam for all participants of the event.

ITINERARY

Details for the programme of events for a typical AAA weekend can be found via the link below.
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ACCOMMODATION

We booked high-quality hostel accommodation just for our group, WITH ALL EN-SUITE ROOMS!

It is a former Victorian farmstead, converted to provide fantastic accommodation for groups in stunning isolation on Exmoor. It is an EcoCentre, electricity being generated by our own wind turbine and a roof of photovoltaic shingles!

Owned and run by the Exmoor National Park Authority, the centre offers a comfortable lounge and dining room, well equipped self-catering kitchen and all rooms have en-suite shower and toilet facilities.
The hostel has 4 and 6 bedded rooms, all on the ground floor with en-suite shower and toilet.

PRICE OF £165 INCLUDES:

2 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms for 4-5 people
• Friday night light supper,
• 2 Cooked breakfasts,
• 2 Packed lunches,
• 2 Guided Hikes by experienced hike leaders
• 1 Cream Tea
• 1 Dinner on Saturday
• Three 1-hour Yoga classes
• Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection.

Price DOES NOT include:

• Transport to the destination
• 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 £165 to

Account Name: AAA LG
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Please, make sure you have got your name as a reference as on your profile on Meetup (to avoid misunderstanding) and "Oct.29-31" 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.

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/AAA_London_Group_Terms_and_Conditions/)

Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate insurance.

© AAA LG Ltd 2021.
Errors and Omissions Excepted.

Halloween - Royal Tunbridge Wells to Bells Yew Green - Autumnal High Weald

London Charing Cross Railway Station

£28.00

*'HIKE ONLY' option - If you wish to organise your own rail ticket, travel alone, or meet at Royal Tunbridge Wells Railway Station - please pay £10 with Paypal on RSVP*

It is Halloween weekend, let's make full use of the darkening days and the last day of British Summer Time to go tramping through the characterful, melancholy, and spooky forests of the High Weald.

We will alight at Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent. One of the 'Seven Wonders of the Weald', a Spa Town hosting the ancient 'Wells'. Follow in the footsteps of noble Victorian Dippers taking the 'Waters' as we walk the parade of Georgian columnade Pantiles - now a fashionable shopping street.

The Autumnal High Weald is particularly mesmerising. Frosty mornings and vivid sunsets, the splendid canopy of the autumnal trees with red and golds, crunchy leaves underfoot, the smell of damp earth...fallen acorns and conkers.......ghostly [and ghastly] goings on......
A storied landscape of fields, farms, and forests, orchards, smugglers, and sunken cart horse lanes. It was Britain's main iron-producing region during the Roman and Tudor periods.

We will hike towards the 14th Century moated manor of Groombridge Place following the course of the Spa Valley steam railway past High Rocks, walk through the sandstone crops and rocks of Birchden Wood and across the High Landscape Trail past Eridge Old Park close to Chalybeate Spring source of the Spa at Royal Tunbridge Wells.

We will finish for drinks by the fire in the cosy Gothic Brecknock Arms [It also has a garden], a traditional Harveys Brewery pub a few steps from Frant railway station.

HIKING INFO

Distance: 17.5 km (11 miles) approx
Ascent: 282 metres
Estimated Duration (approx): 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate/Relaxed

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TIMINGS

Meetup Point: London Charing Cross Railway Station
Meetup Time: 0845
Depart Meetup Point for Train: 0905
Train departs London Charing Cross: 0915
Train Arrives Royal Tunbridge Wells: 1010
Hike Finish: Frant Railway Station

It is impossible to promise a specified finish time, but we aim to be back in London by 1900

£28 PRICE INCLUDES

Guided Hike by a trained Summer Mountain Leader with Wilderness First Aid Training
PayPal fee
Group Train Ticket

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Lunch, Drinks, Souvenirs, Entrance fees to any attractions you wish to visit

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING IN A DAYSACK

Hiking shoes or boots
Waterproof jacket and trousers (Please no jeans!)
Water [2L recommended]
Warm/Windproof layer
Wicking base layer e.g Polyester/Tencil
Camera & phone
Packed lunch and snacks
*Face Covering for the train

RSVP / CANCELLING

If your plans change please update your RSVP ‘No’. Others can take advantage of the newly available place. If the hike sells out then please message us we will be happy to refund you.

*COVID 19 SAFETY*

We have consulted with government, HSE, and undertaken a Risk Assessment. All our trips are 'Covid Secure' and been certified as 'COVID safe good to GO' by Visit England.

*This hike is limited to 24 attendees*

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Full Days Map reading & Navigation Skills with AAA in Exmoor NP

Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning

£15.00

If you wish to learn how to map read and how to get yourself 'unlost' using everyday devices then this is the weekend for you.

We will be based in Exmoor on the Oct.28-31 AAA Weekend
https://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/events/278097347/
and on Saturday we will focus on teaching some basic navigation, compass & map skills along with some more advanced skills to stop you from getting into trouble. We will also focus on how you can save yourself if you do get lost.

Costs

We have decided to charge £15 to cover the cost of materials etc for this event. We aim to cover the following;

1. Maps and map types
2. Compasses and the basics
3. Map orientation
4. The differences between the Norths & Magnetic Variation / Declination
5. Grids & grid references
6. Contours, map Symbols & Rights of Way
7. Bearings
8. Handrailing, contouring, aiming off & attack points.
9. Resection, Back bearings and Cross bearings
10. Using Smartphones
11. Pacing, Time & Distance

We will undertake the majority of the navigation training outdoors.

Therefore all the appropriate hiking clothing will be required, we will be walking on compass bearings a great deal and not always utilising paths, tracks etc.

We recommend you bring the following items, in addition to the normal hiking kit list;

1. Compass (Required)
The ideal compass to buy is the Silva Expedition 4 Compass as it has everything you need and is easy to use.
https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/silva-expedition-4-compass-E9224115.html?colour=180
Use the AAA Cotswold Discount code and save 15%
When buying a compass please ensure that it has a roamer on the base plate. Not sure what a roamer the check out this short video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvxpRODPkhY

2. Small pad & pencil

3. We will bring laminated copies.

4. Headtorch for some night navigation.

Prior to the weekend, you can read some useful information on the Ordnance Survey website

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/resources/map-reading/

In order to join this training session, you will need to have joined the AAA weekend.

Prior to the weekend please Download the following Apps to your Smart Phone.

1. OS Locate (https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/os-locate)

2. OS Maps (https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/os-maps-online2.html) (Download a few days prior to leaving as the app is FREE for 7 days)

Your teacher

Mike H has been leading hiking groups within the Meetup environment since 2011 and has undertaken the Mountain leader Training Courses. Prior to Meetup Mike spent 11 years in the army with a specialist Long Range Reconnaissance Special Forces Regiment specialising in moving and navigating at night in a wide range of conditions and locations.

During his time in the military, he also taught recruits on an advance selection course, both day and night navigation, amongst other skills.

Mike has also spent many years building online mapping applications and working with mapping data in the commercial sector.

He can bore you to death on this topic, so don't get him started!

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