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Ewelme 15K/ 9 miles Circular Hike
We will set off from Ewelme church at 10.30 a.m prompt and head out across the fields and up onto the downs following an off-road route all the way up to the Ridgeway path which we'll pick up at the point where we reach the remote and ancient church of St Botolph, Swyncombe. From here we ascend the path up through beech woods then swerve left to follow the ridge before dropping back down towards the road and heading homeward bound across the downs. Weather permitting, we should enjoy some chilly wintry views as far as Watlington Hill and out over the northern Chilterns. The hike will be at a good moderate pace and should take us around 4 hours to complete, although the terrain is likely to be very muddy in places which could impede our progress to some degree. Please be sure to wear suitable winter walking attire, especially footwear to cope with the muddy conditions. At the end of the walk, we walk through the village, past the watercress beds that were once a thriving business. There is a lovely pub in the village called the Shepherd's Hut where we can reconvene for drinks and a bite to eat, those wanting lunch will need to book in advance. http://www.shepherdshutewelme.co.uk/ Please note there will be a £4.00 charge per person, payable at the start of the walk. I should add that well behaved dogs are welcome on my walks! My mobile number for anyone needing to contact me on the day is[masked]

Ewelme Village, Oxfordshire

Parson's Lane · Ewelme

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What we're about

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Escape Your Everyday and get active outdoors!

Do you sit at your desk or when you're commuting wishing this year you could escape the boring mundane and get away on a weekend or holiday that would be filled with fun, adventure and trying something new with like minded enthusiasts? Have you always wanted to try different sporting activities without having to join a specific club or join in on an challenge with a group of like-minded enthusiasts? Who we are?

We've been organising club trips, challenges and events for a number of years. We realised that everyone who enjoys being active outdoors has an interest in trying different sports but not necessarily wanting to compete at any club or competition level. We finally decided to put together a group with a focus on trying different outdoor activities along with some trips and challenges that are fun, exciting and above all else, suitable for any age group or ability. We will be organising a range of taster events from single days and weekends throughout the year for anyone to come along and try a new outdoor activity. This will give you an insight into to what it will be like to come along on one of our Escape Your Everyday trips and challenges.

What do we do?

We organise a wide variety of weekend activities for everyone to join in, such as trail walking, hiking, climbing road cycling and off road biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, paddling on the Thames - plus much more. We also organise adventures and challenges not just in the UK but all over Europe, catering for all abilities. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never hiked, biked, paddled or skied before, we can accommodate you as long as you have a basic level of fitness and a desire to get outdoors. Our Activity Leaders are all fully qualified to ensure each member is fully supported and to ensure your activity experience with us is a smooth one.

How regularly do you meet?

We will be running tasting day weekends from the beginning of April. Even when the weather is too bad to really enjoy the outdoors, there's always a pub to hike or bike to for a meal and social gathering and an opportunity for you to meet other enthusiasts or speak to our group leaders. We formed our first group in Reading and found we had such a large number of members joining from Oxford we have now set up a dedicated Oxford group. The starting point for most activities is normally from central Oxford, to ensure we can arrange enough transportation for anyone travelling by train and we are becoming one of the fastest growing outdoor activities clubs serving the Thames Valley, London and the South.

Why we do it?

Finding the motivation to get outdoors on your own every week is not always easy and often it's hard to find friends or are able to join in. By setting up this group, we're created an active outdoors social club of like minded individuals. We’re passionate about getting outdoor, being active and trying new challenges and we want to create the largest outdoors social group in the area. We have spent a lot of time planning some really exciting challenges for our members, such as the Three Peaks Challenge, London to Paris Off Road Bike ride, Coast to Coast Hike and Bike, Cycling Mount Ventoux and Provence, Paddle the Thames and the river Severn, Hiking in the French Alps. We’re confident you’ll find our challenge trips fun and above all an amazing social experience where you’ll meet new friends.

"Don't limit your challenges - challenge your limits"

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