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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]
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.
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.
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