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.

Upcoming events (5+)

Dorking & Jack The Hammer - Country Hike

London Waterloo station

£5.00

Walk length 13.5miles/22km approx. Circular. A chance to explore a great section of the Surrey Hills from the town of Dorking to the village of Abinger Hammer. Some features on this hike include scenic countryside from Dorking to Abinger through Westcott, Deerleap Wood and Broomy Downs to the fantastic views from the ridges along the North Downs Way back to Dorking past Ranmore Common. We will have a snack lunch stop at the beautiful village of Abinger Hammer. The village was famous for its forge and it is claimed to have manufactured guns for use against the Spanish Armada in the 16th century. A clock overhanging the village portrays 'Jack the Blacksmith' striking the hour with a hammer. The clock was given in memory of the first Lord Farrer of Abinger Hall who died in 1899 and the name Hammer comes from hammer ponds which were locally used in the medieval iron-making industry. The walk follows a part of the North Downs Way, a long distance footpath of 156 miles long running along the chalk ridge of the North Downs. THIS HIKE IS CONSIDERABLE IN LENGTH WITH UNDULATING HILLY COUNTRYSIDE, PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THIS. Cost: meetup, organizer fee: £5.00. Train from London: £10 or less return with group save or network railcard. Lunch and Finish Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish at about 4.30pm and include a snack lunch stop at Abinger Hammer, however time will depend on the weather and pace (you are advised not to have definite evening plans as this is a complete day out). Transport and meeting. Meeting at London Meet outside the main WHSmith next to the rail information point and Pret A Manager on the main concourse at Waterloo Station at 9.15am to get the 9.54am train from London Waterloo that gets to Dorking Main for 10.41am. Please arrive with sufficient time to get tickets, you may have to queue. Times correct at publication, please check before travel. National Rail Enquiries: www.nationalrail.co.uk Meeting At Dorking Meet outside Dorking Main Station from 10.30am for walk to start at after the train arrives from London at 10.41am. Parking: Dorking main station car park is charges on Saturday, side streets may be free (please check for restrictions before parking). We will visit a pub in Dorking after the walk. There are regular trains back to London Waterloo. Please make a note of the organizers number -Colin[masked]. Weather: See BBC Weather (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/) Please see our weather policy (http://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/pages/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 (https://www.meetup.com/Escape-London-City-Explorers/pages/23195428/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, 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

London Marylebone Station

£5.00

In conjunction with Chiltern Explorers (http://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/) Walk length 11 miles/17.7 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 very interesting secret garden in Bledlow village, a water garden provided by the Carington family for the benefit of the villagers of Bledlow which we will try to visit. Lunch and Finish: Please bring a snack lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish at about 4.00pm and include a short snack 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. Cost: £5 (meetup/guide) Train: £22.10 but with a group save or network railcard should be about £15. Meeting and Transport, please read... Meeting: Meet outside Saunderton Rail station from 10.45am for the walk to start after the train from London arrives. Train from London: The 10.13am train from London Marylebone gets to Saunderton for 10.53am. See National Rail Enquiries (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/) I would encourage you to seek out other members who can go as part of a group save on the train and meet from 9.30am to give you time to get tickets/group saves, close to the WHSmith shop at London Marylebone (see photo below). 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, we will go for optional drinks at the end close to the Rail Station. 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 must 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.

Mysteries of Soho, Rubber & Vice – Walk, Drinks & Piano Singalong

Oxford Circus Underground Station

£4.00

Walk length 2 miles/3 km approx. Linear. A chance to explore the fascinating history of the Soho area, with emphasis on some of the darker sides.. Meeting Meet Outside Oxford Circus Underground Station opposite the Angus Steak House on Argyll Street from 6.15pm for the walk to start at 6.30pm. The walk finishes between Tottenham Court Underground & Leicester Square where we can go for optional drinks afterwards. The intention is to go to the Coach and Horses, Greek Street that has a singalong pianist & a chance to experience a bygone atmosphere lost in most pubs today. The pub does food but there are also plenty of food options nearby including china town near by if you want a quick bite. See Transport for London (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/) Walk Cost: £4 (meetup, organizer fee, the host is a qualified London guide). Please keep your 'RSVP' updated for this event as it would help to get accurate numbers and determine who is turning up for the walk; my phone number is Colin[masked]. Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Colin[masked]. Weather: See BBC Weather (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/) 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/)

Westminster Stroll - Evening Walk & Drinks

Tesco Express

£4.00

Walk length 1.5 miles/2.4 km approx. Linear. A short walk exploring the outsides of some of the fascinating landmarks and historical sights around Westminster from the more usual suspects such as the Elizabeth Tower and The Palace of Westminster to a number of more quirky ones... This is a linear walk and finishes close to Trafalgar Square where we can go for optional social drinks. Meet outside Westminster underground station near Bridge Street close to the Tesco Express Shop (Portcullis House, SW1A 2JR) from 6.15pm for the walk to start at 6.30pm. The walk finishes close to Trafalgar Square. See Transport for London (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/) Weather: See also BBC Weather (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/). Please see our weather policy (http://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/Weather/) Walk Cost: £4 (meetup, organizer fee, the host is a qualified London guide). Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Colin[masked] RSVP: The organizers monitor non-attendance; please update your RSVP if you can't attend. 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.

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