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This Meetup group serves two purposes; firstly, for returning pilgrims (peregrinos) from Spain to meet-up and exchange stories about their experiences' and secondly, for prospective peregrinos who want to set off for the 'Way of St. James' and who seek to be inspired and to have their, no doubt, many questions answered.

Upcoming events (4)

June Sunday 'Walk + Talk' All Things Camino: Guildford to Dorking

Guildford Railway Station

NORTH DOWNS WAY FROM GUILDFORD TO DORKING Walk from Guildford railway station, via the North Downs Way towards Dorking railway station. This meetup starts one hour earlier than usual and is a day's walk covering a comfortably paced distance of 16 miles / 25.7km. It is the perfect practice walk to test out your boots and the 'load on your back' if you're shortly heading off to the Camino. And if you're unfortunate enough not to be going to Spain, then the walk's perfect for you too if: – you want to find out about what the Camino is – have returned from your Camino and would like to share your stories and experiences – have decided to walk the Camino and want to learn more from returned peregrinos. Starting at Guildford Railway Station, we will initially walk along the River Wey Navigation path until we intersect the North Downs Way. Turning 'left', we'll climb to the hilltop church of St. Martha-On-The-Hill. We will continue on through classic woodland, along the chalk ridge ( offering superb views across the Downs) to Ranmore Common. The route then descends through Denbies Wine Estate where we stop for tea/coffee/cake before continuing onto Dorking station. Difficulty: The climb up to St Martha-On-The-Hill is moderately strenuous. Please be comfortable walking the distance of 16 miles / 25.7km km as there is no public transport available on route. Start Time: 9am Start Point: Guildford Railway Station Finish Point: Dorking Railway Station Finish Time: 16:30 Duration: 7.5 hours - depending on pace and breaks Please bring packed lunch, snacks, water and wear walking shoes / boots because it will be muddy!! Don't forget appropriate clothing / waterproofs. Payment There is a £5 per person meetup fee collected at the beginning of the walk. T&Cs By joining the walk you are responsible for your own safety, that of your fellow members and acknowledge hiking is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Your decision to voluntarily participate is an informed decision and you are aware of and accept the risks. You agree to be responsible for your own actions. You confirm you are physically fit to compete safely the walk and have sought medical advice if you have not exercised for some time or are suffering from any medical condition. It is your responsibility to inform the walk leader of any medical conditions which may impact your ability to complete the walk. Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you on the day. I look forward to seeing you there. Adam

July - 'Walk + Talk' All Things Camino: Wimbledon Park to Boston Manor

Walk from Wimbledon Park Station (District Line) via Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon Common and Windmill, Richmond Park, Syon Park, Brentford, Boston Manor Park to Boston Manor Station (Piccadilly Line) This comfortably paced 12 mile / 20km taster walk is for anyone who: – is curious about what the Camino is – has returned from their Camino and would like to share their stories and experiences – has decided to walk the Camino and wants to know more We walk two stages of the Capital Ring route. Starting at Wimbledon Park Underground station, the walk goes through Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon Common, past the Windmill, before going through Richmond Park, London’s largest national nature reserve, Petersham Meadows, Richmond, Syon Park, Brentford Lock and Boston Manor Park. There are toilets along the way at Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park, Petersham and Richmond, Syon Park. Start Time: 10am Start Point: Wimbledon Park Underground Station (District Line) Finish Point: Richmond Underground Station (District Line and Overground Railway) Finish Time: 15:30 Footwear, clothing, water, food Please come properly equipped for the walk: waterproof jackets and trousers in the event of rain, hiking boots and sufficient clothing to keep you warm. Please bring a packed lunch and water. Payment There is a £5 per person meetup fee for the walk collected on the day. T&Cs By joining the walk you are responsible for your own safety, that of your fellow members and acknowledge hiking is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Your decision to voluntarily participate is an informed decision and you are aware of and accept the risks. You agree to be responsible for your own actions. You confirm you are physically fit to compete safely the walk and have sought medical advice if you have not exercised for some time or are suffering from any medical condition. It is your responsibility to inform the walk leader of any medical conditions which may impact your ability to complete the walk. Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you on the day. Adam

August - Sunday 'Walk + Talk' All Things Camino: St Martha's Hill,Wey Navigation

St Martha's Hill and the Wey Navigation This comfortably paced 11 mile / 17 km taster walk is for anyone who: – is curious about what the Camino is – has returned from their Camino and would like to share their stories and experiences – has decided to walk the Camino and wants to know more This circular walk takes us through the beautiful Surrey Hills and combines sections of the North Downs Way, Downs Link and Wey-South Path. Key points of interest include: St Martha's Hill church, Chilworth gunpowder mills, Blackheath and the Wey and Arun canal. The walk involves some ascents which are well rewarded by the view! Start Time: 10am Start Point and Finish Point: Guildford Railway Station Finish Time: 16:00 Footwear, clothing, water, food Please come properly equipped for the walk: waterproof jackets and trousers in the event of rain, hiking boots and sufficient clothing to keep you warm. Please bring a packed lunch, hot drink in a flask if desired, and water. Payment There is a £5 per person meetup fee for the walk collected on the day. T&Cs By joining the walk you are responsible for your own safety, that of your fellow members and acknowledge hiking is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Your decision to voluntarily participate is an informed decision and you are aware of and accept the risks. You agree to be responsible for your own actions. You confirm you are physically fit to compete safely the walk and have sought medical advice if you have not exercised for some time or are suffering from any medical condition. It is your responsibility to inform the walk leader of any medical conditions which may impact your ability to complete the walk. Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you on the day. Adam

September Sunday 'Walk + Talk All Things Camino: Belsize Park to Stoke Newington

Walk from Belsize Park Underground Station to Stoke Newington Station via Hampstead Heath, Kenwood House, Parkland Nature Reserve and Finsbury Park This comfortably paced 7.5 mile / 12km monthly taster walk is for anyone who: - is curious about what the Camino is - has returned from their Camino and would like to share their stories and experiences - has decided to walk the Camino and wants to know more Starting at Belsize Park Underground station we head through South End Green to Parliament Hill at the southern end of Hampstead Heath. After seeing the iconic view of London from the top of Parliament Hill we next cross the Heath and up to Kenwood House: London's famous 17th century stately home. Leaving the Heath, we descend through Highgate Village to Highgate Underground station. Here, we begin to walk the 'Parkland Walk' following the length of the former railway line that ran to Finsbury Park; it is now London's longest nature reserve. A brief walk alongside the New River (it is a 400 year old canal built to meet the demands for water from a growing London population) follows along with the Stoke Newington reservoirs, the attractive Clissold Park and the fascinating Abney Park Cemetery. Bring a packed lunch and please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Start Time: 10:00 End Time: 14:00 Start Point: Belsize Park Underground Station (Northern Line) Finish Point: Stoke Newington Overground Station - Served by Greater Anglia trains to Liverpool Street station - The nearest Underground station to Stoke Newington station is Manor House on the Piccadilly line 1.5 miles (2.4kms away). Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Payment There is a £5 per person meetup fee collected at the beginning of the walk. T&Cs By joining the walk you are responsible for your own safety, that of your fellow members and acknowledge hiking is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Your decision to voluntarily participate is an informed decision and you are aware of and accept the risks. You agree to be responsible for your own actions. You confirm you are physically fit to compete safely the walk and have sought medical advice if you have not exercised for some time or are suffering from any medical condition. It is your responsibility to inform the walk leader of any medical conditions which may impact your ability to complete the walk. Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you on the day. Adam

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May - Sunday 'Meetup' Walk + Talk All Things Camino

Guildford Railway Station

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