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 Explorersand 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 (4)

Henley, Hambleden & The Thames – Short & Long Hike

Station Road

£7.00

Walk length 12miles/19km or 7miles/11km approx circular.

A beautiful & varied walk including the town of Henley-on-Thames, the water mill & weir at Mill End & the villages & hamlets of Hambleden, Medmenham & Aston.

The town of Henley is renowned for the Henley Royal Regatta, a rowing event since 1851.

The walk includes some great sections of the Thames as well as more inland wooded areas with good views on the first section of the path to the hamlet of Aston before the lock and weir at Mill End (closed in 1995 & mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086) till finally reaching the spectacular village of Hambledon (valley used for a great deal of film and TV locations).

The walk back includes much of the Thames path past the village of Medmenham & passing the Temple Island summerhouse & fishing lodge built for Fawley Court in 1771 along the path back to Henley.

There is the option of doing a shorter of version of this hike which is a figure of eight from short to long.

12miles/19km (Henley train station to Hambleden) circular. With the longer hike we will take lunch at Hambleden village which has a village shop and pub.

7miles/11km approx (Henley to the water Mill at Mill End circular. If you do the small hike you will need to do a small section of approx 3miles from the water mill at Mill End to Henley which will have to be self guided, however this is flat and very easy to follow along the Thames path. You will also need to take lunch close to the lock (no facilities) or wait till you get back to Henley.

Lunch and Meeting

Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish before 4.30pm & include a 30 min snack lunch stop (Hambledon Village), however the time may be earlier than this depending on the weather and pace. We will all meet for optional drinks in Henley at the end of the walk

Cost: £7 cash payable on the day guided walk & meetup costs. You can do paypal (colin45@hotmail.co.uk) if you prefer (£5 for shorter version hike).

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

Transport and meeting:

MEETING AT HENLEY - Meet for the walk to start at 11.00am after the train from London arrives.

If you want to park your car at Henley various car parks exist, the train station car park is £3.90. For a complete list of the car parks at Henley see http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/henley_on_thames/. Some side streets are free on Sunday (Please check for any restrictions when parking).

TRAIN FROM LONDON
By train from London: The London Paddington train at 9.39am gets to Henley for 10.57am with a short change at Twyford (times correct at time of publishing/please check before travel). I would encourage you to seek out other members who can go as part of a group save on the train and meet from 9.10am to give you time to get tickets.
I would suggest you meet outside the WHSmith shop at Paddington to give you time to get a group save and buy tickets as you may have to queue (see photo below).

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

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 boots, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions. (http://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.

3
Berkhamsted, the Golden Valley & the Grand Union Canal - Short/Long Country Hike

Berkhamsted Station

£7.00

Hike length 7miles/11km or 12 miles/19 km/Circular.

A delightful hike from the Chiltern town of Berkhamsted, with its medieval castle to the golden valley and the Bridgewater Monument at Ashridge. Returning to Berkhamsted via the Grand Union Canal.

We will begin the hike by walking round Berkhamsted castle.
The Bridgewater monument which was erected in 1832 to the Duke of Bridgewater.

The lunch stop for this walk is at the Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre, next to the Bridgewater monument. There is a cafe and wash room facilities at the centre.

Part of the route includes the Golden Valley to the north-east of Ashridge house, this was created by the famous landscape gardener Capability Brown in the 18th century.

There is the option of leaving the walk at Tring station and taking the train back to London after approx 7miles (short walk) or following the canal back to Berkhamsted along the Grand Union Canal for the final 5miles (long/med walk).

The first section of the walk has some hill sections but the canal route is flat.

Lunch and Finish

Please bring a snack/pack lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish at about 4.30pm and include a 30 min sback lunch stop and pub at the end, however the time may be earlier than this depending on the weather and pace.

Cost

£7 Meetup/organizer cash on the day or (paypal ([masked])).

Train £16.30 approx (savings with a group save or network railcard discount).

Meeting and Transport

Meet from 10:45am at Berkhamsted Railway Station for walk to start at 11.00am just after the train from London arriving at 10.59am.

If coming by train I suggest you meet from 9.45am close to the the tickets kiosks at London Euston to give you time to get tickets/group saves as you may have to queue (see photo below).

The organizer is not taking the train for this hike but will meet you at Berkhamsted.

Car Parking at Berkhamsted: Street parking near the station and close to the castle (please leave enough time to park and check parking restrictions).

Train from London: The 10:24am train from London Euston gets to Berkhamsted for 10.59am. See: National Rail Enquiries (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/)

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 (http://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 THE ORGANIZER, MANY THANKS.

Wendover, Woodlands, & Canal - Country Hike

Wendover Railway Station

£7.00

Walk length 10miles/16km approx. Circular.

A scenic walk exploring Wendover Woods, an area of woodland on the north edge of the Chiltern Hills area of outstanding natural beauty.

Lunch & Finish

Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. We will stop for 30mins at the visitor centre in Wendover woods were there is a cafe and toilets. The walk should finish at about 16.00pm however the time may be slightly earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace.

Cost
Train from London Marylebone to Wendover with a third off with a group save or network railcard should be about £16.

Meetup/walk: £7 cash payable on the day (meetup/walk cost) Can do paypal ([masked]).

Transport and Meeting

Meet at Wendover station for the walk to start at 10.45.am (after the train arrives from London).

Train from London: The 9.57am train from London Marylebone gets to Wendover for 10.45am.

To take advantage of group save tickets suggest meeting close to the WH Smiths in London Marylebone at 9.30am to give you time to get tickets, you may have to queue (see photo below).

The organizer will not be getting the train, but will meet you at Wendover.

Car: The station car park at Wendover charges, but some of the side streets are free on a Sunday (please check for restrictions and leave enough time to park).

There is parking and a public WC near the Library, High Street, Wendover a short walk from the station.

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 (http://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 THE ORGANIZER, MANY THANKS.

5
The Malvern Hills – Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

Great Malvern Station

£39.00

A trip to explore the Malvern Hills from the town of Great Malvern. The Malvern Hills traverse the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and northern Gloucestershire. The area is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Exact details of the hikes to come but will likely be three hikes of around 10miles/16km with a shorter one on the last day.

All the hikes will be close to the town of Great Malvern and reasonably substantial across common, woodland and open hilltops. Some of the highlights will include Worcestershire Beacon at 425m and Hereford Beacon at 338m.

Hike Cost/Meetup/organizer: £39 (organizer hike fee) by bank transfer (please contact the organizer) spaces will be limited. Transport and accommodation is up for everyone to arrange themselves. There is a train service from Great Malvern.

Walking Safety

Walking is a great way to keep fit & generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit & be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You should wear appropriate clothing & shoes with sufficient grip suitable for hiking. Warm & wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food & water. Please see our Terms & Conditions (http://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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