What we're about

Welcome to Escape London City Explorers a walking and social group aiming at doing a range of guided walks and social trips to cities outside of London from London and guided walks and hikes within London.

The idea is to do a short country hike or city urban walk exploring cities or towns fairly close to London such as Oxford, Brighton, Portsmouth or Stratford-upon-Avon.

Transport will be either by train or coach, the group is twined with two other groups London Explorers (https://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/events/234697534/)(London walks & hikes) and Chiltern Explorers (https://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/) (countryside hikes within the Chilterns and further afield).

We are enthusiastic about photography and encourage photographs walking at a leisurely pace but also sometimes with harder faster and longer walks.

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

Upcoming events (4+)

Sharpenhoe Clappers, Ancient Woodland, Panoramic Views/ Country Hike

Saint Pancras Station

£8.00

Walk length 14 miles/22.5 km approx. Circular.

A substantial and hilly North Chiltern walk across ancient woodland and following parts of the Chiltern Way and definitely in the top ten of Chiltern hikes.

One particular feature of this walk is a chalk escarpment called Sharpenhoe Clappers which has iron age remains and is also believed to be haunted, it also has fantastic views along with the Barton Hills nature Reserve which we will walk past. Sharpenhoe Clappers 150m and the Barton Hills 160m.

THIS IS A DEMANDING WALK BOTH IN LENGTH AND WITH NUMEROUS HILLS, PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THIS.

Lunch & Finish

Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The hike should finish at about 5.00pm and include a 30 min lunch stop, however the time may be slightly earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (this is a complete day out).

Meeting

The walk starts from Harlington Train station (Bedfordshire) after the train from London arrives at 10.40am.

Car: Station/Street Parking at Harlington. Station Car park is £2.80 on Weekends. Free roadside parking may be available around the village. (please leave enough time to park and check for restrictions).

Train from London: 9.51am from London St Pancras International gets to Harlington (Bedfordshire) for 10.40am and is a thameslink train (there are other London stops for this train). See National Rail Enquiries (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/)

Advise you meet from 9.15am at St Pancras if you want to get any group saves. The organizer is not coming via train for this hike.

Train cost return £15 or less, you can get a group save or use a national railcard.

£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/Escape-London-City-Explorers/pages/23195445/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.

Castle Hill, A Lost Village & Brighton Sea Views – Long Country Hike

London Bridge Station

£8.00

Walk length 15.5miles/25km Linear, approx.

A substantial downland hike west from Southease to Brighton using a variety of footpaths but mainly the South Downs way with extensive sea views. A final coastal tromp into sunny Brighton (maybe a chance for a swim) for the return journey back to London.

Some of the highlights on the hike are..

The South Downs Way which is a long distance footpath and one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales. The trail runs from Winchester to Eastbourne and is 100miles/160km long.

Kingstone Ridge and Castle Hill with chalk downland and a nature reserve.

The site of the lost village or hamlet of Balsdean deserted since the Second World War but on record since 1100, it is marked by a boulder.

Extensive sea views across to Woodingdean, Rottingdean and Brighton from Castle Ridge, Mount Pleasant and Red Hill.

A final hike along the coast from Black Rock to Brighton where we can get some refreshments before returning home.

PLEASE BE AWARE THIS IS A SUBSTANTIAL HIKE BOTH IN LENGTH AND WITH UNDULATING DOWNLAND COUNTRYSIDE AS WELL AS FLATTER COASTAL SECTIONS.

Lunch & Finish

Please bring a packed lunch & water for the walk. Walk should finish before 5.30pm & include a 30 min snack lunch and maybe a pub stop at end. Time may be earlier or later depending on the weather and pace (this is a complete day event, advised not to arrange definite evening plans). There is the option of getting the bus back into Brighton from Black Rock if you want to avoid the walk along the esplanade at the end.

Meet at Southease Station for the hike to start at 11.10am to allow for trains to arrive, the return journey is from Brighton. As this is a linear hike. Discounts are available by using a network railcard or groupsave, you may have to get two singles.

Meet at London Bridge station from 8.30am to get the 9.15am train that gets to Brighton for 10.27am (return trip). At Brighton get the 10.41 train getting to Southease for 11.07am (single trip). Please be prompt so we can get tickets and board the train when announced they can get busy.

The meeting point is London Bridge Train Station. Meet next to the main ticket office opposite the WHSmith. See photo below.

Cost of train around £15 or less with a group save or network rail card for the return to Brighton and about £3 for the single from Brighton to Southease with a groupsave or network railcard.

There maybe other train options or other London stations for the trip to Brighton, online discounts with Thameslink.

Meeting at Southease (car drivers)
Be ready to leave after the train arrives at Southease at 11.07am, this is a small station with no facilities and a little side road parking, a linear hike so you will need to collect your car afterwards.

£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/Escape-London-City-Explorers/pages/23195445/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.

Bledlow the Ridgeway & a Secret Garden – Country Hike

Marylebone Railway Station

£7.00

Walk length 11.5 miles/18.5 km approx. Circular.

A really picturesque circular walk from Saunderton Station up to the small Chiltern village of Bledlow across a variety of landscapes from scenic views to wooded tracks, with a few climbs.

Some of this walk is on the Ridgeway National Trail, a path that follows tracks going back to prehistoric times and used by travelers and herdsman.

Bledlow village is on the border between Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The parish church Holy Trinity is described as one of England's 1,000 best churches and is a Grade I listed building that dates back to the 12th century.

There is a secret garden in Bledlow village, a water garden provided by the Carington family for the benefit of the village of Bledlow which we will try to visit.

Lunch and Finish: Please bring a snack lunch and water for the hike(rustic lunch stop, no facilities). The walk should finish before 4.30pm and include an optional pub stop at the end (the pub is 5minutes from the rail station) however the end time may be slightly earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace.

THIS HIKE IS MEDIUM IN LENGTH BUT HILLY IN PLACES AND WILL BE TAKEN AT A STEADY PACE.

Meeting:

Meet outside Saunderton Rail Station for the hike to start at 11.00am (are regular trains from London). SAUNDERTON STATION HAS NO FACILITIES.

The 9.53am train from London Marylebone gets to Saunderton for 10.51am. It is suggested you get to Marylebone from 9.20am to give you time to get tickets.

The organizer will meet you at Saunderton station, you will need to get the train from London independently.

Car: Car parking at Saunderton Rail Station is free (please check for any restrictions and leave enough time to park). This is a circular walk and finishes back at Saunderton Rail Station.

Train from Marylebone should be around £15 or less with a groupsave or network railcard discount.

£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 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/Escape-London-City-Explorers/pages/23195445/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.

Leith Hill & the Surrey Hills – Country Hike

Victoria Station

£8.00

Walk length 11miles/18km approx. Linear.

A spectacular walk exploring the Leith Hill area of the Surrey Hills to Dorking. Leith Hill is the highest point on the Greensand Ridge and the second highest point in south-east England at 294 metres (965ft).

The hill contains a Gothic tower dating back to the 18th century, now called Leith Hill Tower, it was originally built by Richard Hull and is now owned by the National Trust.

The walk follows paths through woods and fields including Wotton Common containing Surrey’s only natural waterfall.

The Greensand Way is a long distance path of 108 miles (174 km) from Haslemere in Surrey to Hamstreet in Kent. It follows the Greensand Ridge along the Surrey Hills and Chart Hills.

THE WALK CONTAINS A MIXTURE OF UNDULATING HILLS AND RIDGES.

Lunch and Finish

Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish at about 4.30pm and include a 30 min pack lunch stop and optional pub stop at the end, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (this is a complete day out and you are advised not to arrange any definite evening plans).

Lunch stop will be rustic close to the tower and facilities may be limited.

Transport and meeting

Meet from 8.45am at London Victoria Train station to get the 9.25am train from London Victoria getting to Holmwood for 10.29am (may have to queue so please be prompt). Get a return to Holmwood but as this is a linear hike will be be returning from Dorking.

Meeting point the official meeting point symbol directly opposite the Upper Crust shop & the Gatwick Express entrance close to platform 13 & 14 (see photo below).

Car: Meet outside Holmwood Rail Station for the walk to start at 10.29am, after the train arrives. (please be aware this is a linear walk so you will need to get a train from Dorking back to collect your car

Parking: Side streets may be free (please check for restrictions before parking).

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.

Train should be about £15 or less with a group save or network railcard third off discount.

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/Escape-London-City-Explorers/pages/23195445/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.

Past events (571)

The Misbourne Valley, Little Missenden,& Amersham.

Marylebone Railway Station

£7.00

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