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 (http://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)

[ONLINE] Newbury & the River Kennet – Sunday Night Virtual Pub Walk

A chance to explore some interesting historic pubs and history around Newbury and the River Kennet. I am hosting this using Zoom which is (https://zoom.us/). I will share a link to each of you prior to the meeting. The link will be sent to your meetup message account about half an hour or less before the event starts. We will be visiting a number of pubs along the way, as its virtual they can be as classy as we want! Voluntary Contribution I am asking for a voluntary contribution to help with costs and time, suggested amount £2 (please message the organizer directly for payment details). IMPORTANT Please ensure you have your video enabled so the host and others can see who is attending, do not share the zoom link and do not bring guests and behave appropriately. Please keep your 'RSVP' updated for this event as it would help me get accurate numbers and determine who is turning up for the virtual walk; my phone number is Colin[masked]

Whernside & Wensleydale & the Yorkshire Dales – Long Summer Weekend

A fun packed extra-long summer weekend exploring the Yorkshire Dales from the small town of Settle. The trip will consist of four walks, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday using the train line from Settle up through the dales which should avoid us having to use cars Saturday (Whernside Ridge, 11miles), Sunday (Ribblesdale, 12 miles), Monday (Park Fell and Simon Fell, 12 miles) Tuesday (Wensleydale, flatter 15miles). Please note these hikes are yet to be finalised. Start time will be approx. 10.15am from stations a short ride along the line from Settle. The North York Dales is an upland area containing some of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK; the area was designated in 1952 as a national Park. Whernside mountain is the highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Wensleydale one of the Yorkshire Dales is famous for its cheese first made by French Cistercian monks who had settled in Wensleydale. Settle is a small market town served by Settle railway station it is 29 miles (47 km) from Leeds Bradford Airport. The main road through Settle is the B6480, which links to the A65, connecting Settle to Leeds, Ilkley, Skipton and Kendal. Trains run from St London Pancras via Leeds. Lunch and Finish: Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The hikes finish at about 5pm and include a 30 min lunch stop, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace. Accommodation and Meeting The cost for the long weekend is £45 & this includes the guided hikes with two hike leaders for four days with a limit of 40 people for each of the day hikes (accommodation, travel & personal expenses not included) but there are no hidden extras & this gives you the chance to stay according to budget or requirements. To pay for the trip please contact the organizer (Colin) for bank transfer details & you will be marked as paid. Only those that have paid will be guaranteed a spot on the hikes. Hike cost is no-refundable unless someone else wants a spot. Everyone will be encouraged to arrange their own accommodation, either camping, Youth hostel, or B&B. We will get together as much as possible after the hikes in the evening for food & drink socials which will be around the nearest town of Settle (A WhatApp group will be set up nearer the time). There are number of sites for camping, B&Bs or hostel bookings, suggested you find accommodation as close to Settle as possible. Some of you may want to meet up Friday night before the four day hikes. Suggested accommodation options below for the weekend (YOU ARE ADVISED TO BOOK EARLY). B&Bs and hostels see www.booking.com. Transport will be by car sharing & a number of the group will have cars & there is a public transport option via train from London to Settle via Leeds. BE AWARE THESE HIKES ARE OVER HARD TERRAIN & TRAVERSING SOME OF THE HIGHEST POINTS ACROSS THE YORKSHIRE DALES WITH OPEN ROCKY GRASSLAND, PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THIS. Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon[masked] & Colin[masked]. Dog Policy: As a group we allow & enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy (http://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 should wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking shoes (not trainers), warm & wet weather clothing & carry sufficient food & water. You may not be allowed on the walks if you have inappropriate gear. 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, YOU CAN MESSAGE THE ORGANIZERS, MANY THANKS.

Hikes, Steam Trains & The Dee Valley – August Bank Holiday Weekend

Walk lengths 11miles/18km to 9miles/14km approx. A series of three hikes exploring the edge of the Berwyn mountains and the Clwydian Range along the Dee Valley. The hikes for the bank holiday are still to be finalised but Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August will be approx. 10 to 11 miles and will be linear hikes using the LLangollen heritage steam railway to get to Carrog with hikes back to LLangolen. Monday 31st will be a shortish circular hike from LLangolen. Accomodation will be around LLangolen which is a small town overlooked from a hilltop by the remains of Castell Dinas Brân, a medieval castle built around the 13th century on the site of previous hillforts. Some of the main footpaths to be used include the Panorama Walk which uses the Offa’s Dyke Path, named after the linear earthwork ridge that runs across England and Wales. The LLangollen canal and the river Dee and the The Llangollen Railway a heritage railway running between LLangollen and Carrog. It was once part of the main line connecting to Ruabon before 1965. We will be following the ridges of a number of low level mountains such as Moel Morfydd (Llantysilio Mountain) which is 549 metres and part of the Clwydian Hills. The order of the hikes or specific hikes may be changed due to adverse weather at the discretion of the hikes leaders. Accommodation & Meeting Cost for weekend £40 & includes three guided hikes with two hike leaders for three days. Accommodation, travel & personal expenses not included but there are no hidden extras & this gives you the chance to stay according to budget or requirements. To pay for the trip please contact the organizer (Colin) for bank transfer details & you will be marked as paid. Only those paid will be guaranteed a spot on the hikes. Hike cost is no-refundable unless someone else wants a spot. Everyone will be encouraged to arrange their own accommodation, either camping, Youth hostel, or B&B. We will get together after the hikes in the evening for food & drink socials which will be around Llangollen (A WhatApp group will be set up). There are number of sites for B&Bs, hostel bookings, or camping. Suggested you find accommodation as close to Llangollen centre as possible. Some of you may want to meet up Friday night before the three day hikes. (YOU ARE ADVISED TO BOOK EARLY). Transport will be by car sharing & a number of the group will have cars. There is a public transport option via train from London to Ruabon & then a short bus or car/taxi journey of 6miles to LLangollen. Please bring a packed lunch & water for each hike. Each hike should finish before 5.00pm & include a 30 min snack lunch stop, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on weather & pace. BE AWARE THESE HIKES ARE OVER UNDULATING UNEVEN TERRAIN, PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THIS. Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon[masked] & Colin[masked]. 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 such as proper walking shoes (not trainers), warm & wet weather clothing & carry sufficient food & water. You may not be allowed on the walks if you have inappropriate gear. Please see our Terms & Conditions (http://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/) COULD EVERYONE PLEASE AVOID COMMENTS BELOW THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC TO THE EVENT AS THIS GENERATES SPAM, YOU CAN MESSAGE THE ORGANIZERS, MANY THANKS.

Greenham Cold War Secrets, Snelsmore Common/Donnington Castle – Autumn Weekend

Walk lengths : Saturday 15 miles/24km, Sunday 10miles or 16km approx. Both Circular. A chance to explore some very interesting hikes around Newbury. Saturday 10th October This hike ventures across Greenham Common now a site of Special Scientific Interest with wildlife reserves and important historical features and a visitor centre. It became designated public parkland in 1997. From 1942 Greenham Common was used by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force. It was controversially used during the Cold War for the placement of BGM-109G nuclear cruise missiles. During the 1980s the airfield became known for the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp held outside the main gates in protest against the sitting of cruise missiles. Sunday 11th October A section of Newbury to the North past Snelsmore Common and past the ruined remains of Donnington Castle (this is the easiest of the hikes). The hike passes along a section of the Kennet and Avon Canal, the villages of Speen and Bagnor, Snelmore Common and the remains of Donington Castle. At the end of the hike we can visit a very classy pub close to the rail station that was the site of an old coaching inn dating back to the 18th century called 'The Hatchet Inn.' THESE ARE UNDULATING HIKES WITH FLAT SECTION NEAR THE CANAL BUT MORE HILLY TOWARDS SNELSMORE COMMON AND SOME PARTS OF GREENHAM. Cost: £7 for each hike day (meetup/guide), £14 for the weekend. To pay for the trip please contact the organizer (Colin) for bank transfer details & you will be marked as paid. Only those paid in advance will be guaranteed a spot on the hikes. Hike cost is no-refundable unless someone else wants a spot. With this weekend you can opt to do just the Saturday or Sunday hikes or book for the Friday night and Saturday nights or just Saturday night. Accommodation will be hotels or B&Bs close to Newbury town centre and prices are very reasonable (advised to book early). We will have some lively socials and hopefully explore some live music pubs. The 'Hatchet' Inn is a very classy pub that is also a B&B. Although there are cheaper ones.. Train: £27.00 return but with a group save or network railcard should be about £18. Regular trains from Paddington. See National Rail Enquiries (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/) Hikes will start outside Newbury station around 10.30am, depending on train times (more details to come... Car: Station Car park £4.40 on Saturday however free street parking may exist (please leave enough time to park). Lunch and Finish: Please bring a snack lunch and water for the walk. The walks should finish before 4.30pm and include a 30min lunch stop and pub stop at the end, however the time may be slightly earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace. This is a complete day out and you are advised not to arrange definite evening plans. Please make a note of the organizers number - Colin[masked] RSVP: The organizers monitor non-attendance; please update your RSVP beforehand. Weather: See BBC Weather (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/) Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy (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 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 THE ORGANIZER, MANY THANKS.

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