What we're about

We are a friendly and successful outdoor group, set up via the YHA organisation in the 1930s. We offer a wide range of guided walks throughout the Chiltern area and the Thames Valley. Most of our walks start at a railway station and we offer lifts to locations off the rail network. Walks range from 6-12 miles and are well researched with pub stops arranged for refreshments.

As well as our weekly walking programme we also offer a comprehensive programme of weekends away(our YHA status provides discount booking), cycle rides, and camping trips (equipment provided) in the summer. We offer training events to learn map navigation and leadership skills.

We benefit from our own hall where we arrange regular social events, BBQs, new members social evenings and training events. We offer a lively social programme with group meals, music events, Festivals and monthly pub socials to allow everyone to meet other members.

Our main group is HAWOG and ALL walks are free for members. It is just £10 to join and there is no need to book for day events. Join via: https://www.hawog.org.uk/membership.php

This meet up group has been created to let people know about the events we arrange. We are a non profit making voluntary group, thus we can offer very competitively priced trips away. Membership provides benefits such as affiliated YHA membership and discounts at all major outdoor shops. Come along to any of our events on the calendar, if any questions contact us on “meetup@hawog.org.uk" For our full current programme see
http://www.hawog.org.uk/programme.php

Upcoming events (3)

Navigation Training Day

Chesham Station Car Park (NCP)

£10.00

This is our first training event for the year. We are arranging a one day workshop covering basic navigation techniques including orientation of the map using a compass and land features; determining the direction of travel, distance and timings; identifying all Map features and details.

The day should give you the tools to plan and undertake walks in lowland terrain. This is the first stage on gaining lowland leader qualifications. We will offer further training to everyone booked in for today’s course so that they can aim to become qualified walk leaders.

Information for today’s course: Compass provided. Area covered OS Map 181, Chiltern Hills North. Please bring paper & pencil, usual walking gear & boots. Plus packed lunch & drinks. Flask of hot tea/coffee would be a good idea. We will finish mid afternoon. There are cafes & pubs by the station to get food & drinks at the end of the course. Chesham is on the Met line from London. Regular trains back to London on Met line. Within Oyster travel zone.

The trainer is a qualified Mountain Leader, Hill and Moorland leader & Expedition Skills. D of E supervisor and assessor to gold level. NNAS provider.

Cost of event is £30. This includes full membership for 1 year , the workshop and follow up training walks. Just £10 now, balance when booking. Event arranged by main group,(www.hawog.org.uk (http://www.hawog.org.uk/)) All day walks are free to full members. Please rsvp & pay via paypal link. We will send you confirmation mail on booking. Any questions please mail [masked]

Navigation Training Day

Chesham Station Car Park (NCP)

£10.00

This is our first training event for the year. We are arranging a one day workshop covering basic navigation techniques including orientation of the map using a compass and land features; determining the direction of travel, distance and timings; identifying all Map features and details.

The day should give you the tools to plan and undertake walks in lowland terrain. This is the first stage on gaining lowland leader qualifications. We will offer further training to everyone booked in for today’s course so that they can aim to become qualified walk leaders.

Information for today’s course: Compass provided. Area covered OS Map 181, Chiltern Hills North. Please bring paper & pencil, usual walking gear & boots. Plus packed lunch & drinks. Flask of hot tea/coffee would be a good idea. We will finish mid afternoon. There are cafes & pubs by the station to get food & drinks at the end of the course. Chesham is on the Met line from London. Regular trains back to London on Met line. Within Oyster travel zone.

The trainer is a qualified Mountain Leader, Hill and Moorland leader & Expedition Skills. D of E supervisor and assessor to gold level. NNAS provider.

Cost of event is £30. This includes full membership for 1 year , the workshop and follow up training walks. Just £10 now, balance when booking. Event arranged by main group,(www.hawog.org.uk (http://www.hawog.org.uk/)) All day walks are free to full members. Please rsvp & pay via paypal link. We will send you confirmation mail on booking. Any questions please mail [masked]

Dorset Bank Holiday Walking Weekend

Swanage Beachfront

£10.00

• For the August bank holiday long weekend we are staying at the recently refurbished YHA Swanage, situated minutes from the beach with great views over the bay.

Saturday - We plan a 9 mile walk along the South West Coast path to Corfe and take a steam train ride back to Swanage. Along the way we will visit Durlston Castle, Tilly Whim Caves, Dancers Ledge and Winspit. We plan to stop for refreshments at the Square and Compass in Worth Maltravers and then carry on to Swyre Head for panoramic views. We head back to Kingston and drinks at the Scotts Arms with views of Corfe Castle. Then a last downhill stretch to Corfe, famous for its castle, where we pick up the steam train back to Swanage. On Saturday evening we can either go out in Swanage or possibly have a barbecue.

Sunday - We will walk into Swanage then onto the Groynes and walk up Ballard Cliff to Ballard Point and Old Harry Rocks. We descend to the beach at Studland and tide permitting head back in for refreshments at the Banks Arms. Afterwards we will take the path to Ballard Down and back to Swanage. On Sunday evening, there are plenty of pubs for an evening meal and live music.

Monday - Lots of options including heathland walks, horse riding on Studland beach, and coastal boat trips from Swanage and Wareham.

Refreshments - Hostel does meals ,Plenty of pubs, shops and tea shops on route. Swanage has restaurants pubs and cafes galore.

Travel - Nearest mainline stations are Bournemouth and Wareham; regular fast bus services from both to Swanage.
Cost of event is £95 for 3 nights in private single sex dorms at hostel. Includes guided walks each day. £10 membership just required for now (
group membership for 12 months giving all day walks free).
For ALL questions please mail [masked].

Past events (24)

Sussex Camping

Bodiam Castle

£10.00

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