What we're about

Welcome to Chiltern Explorers a walking social group aiming to do a wide range of guided walks across the Chilterns and further afield exploring other fantastic British countryside.

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Most of our walks start at a convenient tube or railway station and aim to get the best deals on any group save tickets for trains and try when possible to look for free car parking giving you as many travel options as possible.

All our walks are well researched, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the lovely scenery or urban views in the company of other like-minded individuals and of course you will be keeping fit. Most walks end with a well-deserved pub stop with a strong social ethos.

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The walks are very varied with a relaxed feel, mainly around ten miles and at the weekend but some short walks from seven miles to longer faster paced walks of up to 20 miles and some mid-week walks. We are enthusiastic about photography and encourage sightseeing.

We are twined with a more city urban walking group London Explorers (https://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/) and often do events together. Chiltern explorers is based to the west of London in the gorgeous Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and also does a wide range of weekends away to other UK National Parks and other AONBs.

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Chiltern Explorers is unusual for many outdoor meetup groups in that it currently only arranges the walks and leaves the accommodation up to the members giving members the option to go on the days they want and stay according to their budget, many members also car share for trips away. The weekends have a good social atmosphere and comradery.

The country walks have covered the Chiltern and Surrey hills, the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head and the Lake District amongst many others.

IN LIGHT OF THE CURRENT WORLD HEALTH CRISIS I AM HOSTING SOME LIVE VIDEO EVENTS ON LONDON EXPLORERS & CHILTERN EXPLORERS MEETUP GROUPS.

I hope you decide to join us!

Upcoming events (5)

Dorking, Jack The Hammer & Shere – Long Hilly Country Hike

Walk length 16miles/26km approx. Circular.

A chance to explore a great section of the Surrey Hills from the town of Dorking to the village of Shere.

Some features on this hike include scenic countryside from Dorking to Abinger through Westcott, Deerleap Wood and Broomy Downs to the fantastic views from the ridges along the North Downs Way back to Dorking past Ranmore Common.

We will have a snack lunch stop at the beautiful village of Shere which has a Norman church and picturesque cottages. The village of Abinger Hammer which we pass was famous for its forge and it is claimed to have manufactured guns for use against the Spanish Armada in the 16th century. A clock overhanging the village portrays 'Jack the Blacksmith' striking the hour with a hammer. The clock was given in memory of the first Lord Farrer of Abinger Hall who died in 1899 and the name Hammer comes from hammer ponds which were locally used in the medieval iron-making industry.

The walk follows a part of the North Downs Way, a long distance footpath of 156 miles long running along the chalk ridge of the North Downs.

THIS HIKE IS CONSIDERABLE IN LENGTH WITH UNDULATING HILLY COUNTRYSIDE, PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THIS.

Lunch and Finish

Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish before 5.00pm and include a snack pack lunch stop at Shere, the time back will depend on the weather and pace (you are advised not to have definite evening plans as this is a complete day out).

Transport and meeting please read...

Train from London: Meet outside the main WHSmith next to the rail information point and Pret A Manager on the main concourse at Waterloo Station at 8.45am (see photo below) to get the 9.24am train that gets to Dorking Main for 10.13am. We need time to get tickets/group saves so please be prompt (3-9 people for a group save).

At Dorking: Outside Dorking Main station for the hike to start promptly at 10.15am after the train from London arrives.

Parking: Dorking main station car park charges on Saturday, side streets may be free (please check for restrictions before parking).

Train cost should be under £10 with a groupsave or national railcard discount.

Cost: £8 cash payable on the day guided walk & meetup costs. You can do paypal or bank transfer if you prefer, please message the organizer.

Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Colin[masked].

Walking Safety

Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You should wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking shoes, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions (https://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/)

COULD EVERYONE PLEASE AVOID COMMENTS BELOW THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC TO THE EVENT AS THIS GENERATES SPAM, JUST CHANGE YOUR RSVP IF YOU CAN'T GO. YOU CAN MESSAGE ME. MANY THANKS.

Great Missenden to Coombe Hill

Great Missenden Rail Station

£7.00

Walk length 12 miles/18 km approx. Circular.

Walk Description

Starting from the Chiltern village of Great Missenden, famous as the former home of the late Roald Dahl the internationally famous children's author, the walk passes through woodland and typically scenic Chiltern countryside. We will use a number of important footpaths including parts of the Ridgeway, an ancient track described as one of Britain's oldest roads.

Coombe Hill has great views over the Aylesbury Vale and the Chequers estate. At the summit there is an impressive monument, constructed in 1904, in memory of Buckinghamshire men who died during the Second Boer War.

Transport and meeting

Meet at Great Missenden station from 10.30am for walk to start at 10.45am (just after the train from London).

Train: The 9.57am train from London Marylebone gets to Great Missenden for 10.38am. I would suggest meeting outside the WH Smith shop at London Marylebone from 09.30am to give you time to meet others form the group to get group save tickets (see photo below).

National Rail Enquiries (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/)

Please note the organizer will not be taking the train from London Marylebone but will meet you at Great Missenden.

Car: If you are driving I would suggest parking in some of the council car parks which are free on a Sunday, such as Buryfields Car Park, Link Road, HP16 9AE, which is a short walk from the railway station.

Lunch and Finish

Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. Our walks usually finish at about 16,30pm and include a 30 min lunch stop, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography).

Cost/Meetup/organizer: £7 via paypal in advance only.
A paypal account is unnecessary to make payments.

A credit for a similar event is available if you cancel at least 24hrs before the event. Please contact the event organizer via a meetup message, not the comments for the event.

The cost is also refundable if the event gets cancelled.

Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon[masked]

Please read the group COVID procedures (https://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/pages/30624453/COVID_19/)

Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy (https://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/pages/Dog_Policy/)

Walking Safety

Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions (https://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/)

Wargrave, Culham Court Deer Park, Hurley & Thames – Country Hike

Wargrave Station

£7.00

Walk length 14.5miles/23km approx. Circular.

A charming and varied hike from the Riverside village of Wargrave to Hurley passing through a number of woods and some of the Thames path.

Wargrave is a small Thames riverside village that has ancient roots, but is characterized now by largely Edwardian buildings. In the 11th century the wife of Edward the Confessor held the manor, it was known then as Weregrave.

The walk passes close to Culham Court house which dates back to at least the medieval period with the current building Georgian and dating back to 1771. The deer park has fantastic views across the Thames with two varieties of deer, fallow deer and white deer.

THIS IS AN UNDULATING HIKE WITH HILL AND FLAT RIVER SECTIONS BUT ALSO FAIRLY LONG In LENGTH, PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THIS.

Lunch and Finish

Please bring a snack lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish before 4.30pm and include a 30 min snack lunch stop (probably rustic with no facilities in woods) however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace.

Meeting & Transport, please read..

Train from London: 9.45am from London Paddington gets to Wargrave for 10.49am (see photo below) (short change at Twyford). See National Rail Enquiries (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/)

I would suggest you meet from 9.00am next to the WHSmith shop at Paddington to give you time to get group saves/buy tickets (see photo below). The organizer will not be taking the train from London but will meet you at Wargrave.

Meeting: We are meeting at Wargrave station for the hike to start at 10.50am after the train from London arrives.

By car: The car park at Wargrave Station is charged on a Sunday. Other free roadside parking close to the station may be available, please check for parking restrictions and allow enough time to park.

Cost: £7 cash payable on the day guided walk & meetup costs. You can do paypal or bank transfer if you prefer, please message the organizer.

Please make a note of the organizers number - Colin[masked].

Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions (https://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/)

COULD EVERYONE PLEASE AVOID COMMENTS BELOW THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC TO THE EVENT AS THIS GENERATES SPAM, JUST CHANGE YOUR RSVP IF YOU CAN'T GO. YOU CAN MESSAGE ME. MANY THANKS.

Booker & Piddington/Short Evening Country Hike

HP12 4QR

£5.00

Walk length 6miles/9.6km approx. Circular.

A really picturesque circular walk from Booker Common across fields and woods up to Piddington with some nice views across to West Wycombe Hill.

THIS IS A SHORT EVENING HIKE BUT ALSO HILLY IN PLACES, PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THIS.

Cost: £5 cash payable on the day guided walk & meetup costs. You can do paypal or bank transfer if you prefer, please message the organizer.
Meeting and Transport, please read...

Meeting: Meet at Booker Common Close to the Booker Common Memorial Hall, Limmer Ln, High Wycombe HP12 4QR, for the hike to start at 7pm the hike should finish around 9 to 9.30pm.

Car: Roadside parking close to the Memorial Hall.

There is no public transport for the start point however High Wycombe station that has regular trains to London/Oxford is a short taxi journey away.

Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Colin[masked].

Walking Safety

Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You should wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking shoes, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions (https://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/)

COULD EVERYONE PLEASE AVOID COMMENTS BELOW THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC TO THE EVENT AS THIS GENERATES SPAM, JUST CHANGE YOUR RSVP IF YOU CAN'T GO. YOU CAN MESSAGE ME. MANY THANKS.

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