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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"

Upcoming events (4+)

Woodcote to Nuffield circular hike - Long Hike 13 miles/21km

RG8 0QY

£5.00

NEW ROUTE:
Come and join us on another long distance hike for January. A great way to burn off the excesses of Christmas and spend time chatting with other members old and new.

The hike begins from Woodcote Village Hall car park, crossing open farmland and woods, before picking up the Ridgeway to Nuffield where we will stop at the Makers Cafe (used to be the old Crown Inn pub) for refreshments.
Due to the size of the group, we cannot stop for lunch but we will take a break at the cafe for hot drinks.
Our return leg takes us via Stoke Row, Checkendon and Exlade Street.

Please bring a packed lunch as we will not be able to stop for lunch at a pub enroute due to the size of the group.

This is a moderate to strenuous walk featuring several hills and a relatively long distance of 10 miles. Please sign up only if you have the fitness to keep up with the rest of the group and complete the walk. We will walk at a pace of approximately 2.5 - 3 miles per hour to ensure we complete the walk by the estimated finishing time. Please also do not attend if you are suffering from any COVID symptoms.

• We'll be asking for a contribution of £5 towards the cost of running the group.

• Behaved dogs are welcome but must be placed on a lead when instructed.

• The numbers on the walk are limited and there is limited space in the car park so please try to share cars to get here.

• Walking Boots or shoes are required as the path is muddy in places.

• The Start time given above is the time we would like to set off. Please arrive at least 10 mins before to put boots on etc so we can leave on time

10 miles Whitchurch & Hardwick Woodlands Circular Hike

Pangbourne Railway Station.

Summary
• meet at 09:50 in front of Pangbourne Station, walk starts at 10:00
• 10 miles approx
• 3 1/2 - 4 hours
• Moderate difficulty requiring a basic level of regular fitness due to its length with 2 short, but steep climbs
• Terrain: footpaths, bridleways, grassy roadside and some pavement/tarmac
• Bring a snack/stand-up packed lunch

Emma Holland will be your Hike Leader. Please keep your RSVP up to date so we know to expect you to avoid delaying the start of the walk.

Cost
The usual EYED £5.00 fee will be collected by the walk leader at the start of the walk.

What to Bring
Please bring some food and plenty of water to keep you going for the walk. Weather permitting, we will stop for a short stand-up snack/packed lunch along the way.

What to wear
Please wear suitable footwear for walking on footpaths and bridleways. This route can be quite muddy in places especially if there has been rain recently. I recommend check the weather forecast beforehand and dress accordingly, layers, hat and gloves, plus waterproofs if rain is forecast.

The Route
Starting at Pangbourne Station, we cross the Thames heading up Whitchurch Hill. We pick up the Chiltern Way across fields and woodlands criss-crossing the Hardwick Estate. We return to Pangbourne past alpaca farms west of Whitchurch-on-Thames.

Pangbourne
There are a number pubs and cafes in Pangbourne for anyone who wants a meal or a hot drink before or after the walk.
Costa is open from 8am apparently.

Travel and Parking
Trains -
~ depart Reading 09:18, arrive Pangbourne 09:26
~ depart Didcot Parkway 09:35, arrive Pangbourne 09:45
~ depart Oxford 08:55, arrive Pangbourne 09:45 (change at Didcot Parkway)
~ depart London Paddington 08:37, arrive Pangbourne 09:26 (change at Reading)

Parking - Free parking on Sundays in the car park outside Pangbourne Village Hall/opposite the Bentley garage just a short walk from Pangbourne Station. The Station has a car park too charging £4.20 at weekends.

Whitchurch & Goring 10 mile Circular Hike

Pangbourne

Summary
- meet at 09:50 in front of Pangbourne Station, walk starts at 10:00
- 10 miles approx
- 3 1/2 hours (maybe 4 hours if slower)
- Moderate difficulty requiring a basic level of regular fitness due to its length with 1 steady climb halfway
- Terrain: footpaths, bridleways, grassy paths and some pavement/tarmac
- Bring a snack/stand-up packed lunch
- Pace: Moderate to Brisk - 5km/hour approx

Emma Holland will be your Hike Leader. Please keep your RSVP up to date so we know to expect you to avoid delaying the start of the walk.

Cost
The usual EYED £5.00 charge will be collected by the walk leader at the start of the walk.

What to Bring
Please bring some food and plenty of water to keep you going for the walk, which should last about 3 1/2 hours, maybe 4 if we're slower. Weather permitting, we will stop for a short stand-up snack/packed lunch along the way.

What to wear
Please wear suitable footwear for walking on footpaths and bridleways. This route can be quite muddy in places especially if there has been rain recently. I recommend check the weather forecast beforehand and dress accordingly, layers, hat and gloves, plus a waterproof if rain is forecast.

The Route
Circular Walk from Pangbourne Station heading straight over Whitchurch Bridge to the Thames Path in Whitchurch-on-Thames leading to Goring. From there, we pick up The Chiltern Way heading up to Great Chalk Wood before dropping down to Whitchurch again.

The walk is a mixture of mostly footpaths and bridleways along tracks, through woodland and across fields with some stretches on the road in between. There is one steady climb from Goring.

Pangbourne
There are a number pubs and cafes in Pangbourne for anyone who wants a meal or a hot drink before or after the walk. Costa is open from 8am apparently.

Travel and Parking
Trains -
~ depart Reading 09:18, arrive Pangbourne 09:26
~ depart Didcot Parkway 09:35, arrive Pangbourne 09:45
~ depart Oxford 08:55, arrive Pangbourne 09:45 (change at Didcot Parkway)
~ depart London Paddington 08:37, arrive Pangbourne 09:26 (change at Reading)

Parking - Free parking on Sundays in the car park outside Pangbourne Village Hall/opposite the Bentley garage just a short walk from Pangbourne Station. The Station has a car park too charging £4.20 at weekends.

Cruising the Norfolk Broads weekend

Wroxham

£159.00

The timeless Norfolk Broads, is the ideal location for a boating weekend. Escape your busy week, come join us aboard whilst we cruise around the broads whilst you kick back and relax.

The big skies and sparkling landscape of marshland fields, feathery reeds and tangled woodlands are a perfect canvas for adventure and relaxation - time to reflect, space to explore, a magical opportunity to enjoy a fabulous break.
This is the Venice of the East – in fact, the Norfolk Broads has more miles of waterway than the Italian city! It also has more waterways than Amsterdam!

There are no locks so cruising is simple and easy; meandering along the interconnecting waterways, mooring up by cosy riverside pubs, picturesque villages and market towns. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and a designated National Park.

Our starting point is Wroxham, once everyone is on board, we will depart for an early evening cruise to our first mooring point and a light supper. The following two days will be exploring the broads at a leisurely pace and even to stop off for a short walk and refreshments at a pub.

We have booked two large boats, each with a capacity to accommodate 10 people. Given the design of the boats, there are a number of double berths available for couples, shared by two individuals or can be booked as a larger single (supplement charge).

Accommodation & Boat features;
- 4 singles & 4 doubles in 4 cabins & 1 saloon
- 2 toilets 2 showers.
- The split sliding canopy over saloon.
- level floor though-out and rear double doors.
- Microwave, DVD,
- CD/Radio,
- Warm Air Heating,
- Electric Fridge,
- Cooker, Fully equipped galley.
- Life Jackets for all the Crew.

GETTING THERE:
Exact details for parking in Wroxham will be provided closer to the time. There is car sharing available from Bracknell, Wokingham and Reading for those needing a lift.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
• Appropriate footwear for being on a boat (trainers or similar type shoes)
• Waterproof jacket
• Warm clothing as expected when outdoors in March
• Sleeping bag, additional bedding is available onboard.
• Personal towel
• Good humour, sense of fun and adventure

CATERING
A light supper on Friday will be prepared for your arrival. Saturday evening we will eat in a pub. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on board the boat.

COST
Standard - Double Berth Sharing -£159. per person
Single - Single Berth (not cabin) - £195. per person
Double berth for Single Use - Sole Double Berth - £240. per person
When you RSVP, details will be sent with the boat berths, availability of single, double beds etc.

View the boat layout, beds and prices using this link below:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rbeCJtuHS3XHiADuazbARpwsUirmCaOwXY4KwSeVr38/edit?usp=sharing

PRICE INCLUDES
• 2 nights’ accommodation aboard a cruiser boat.
• Boat hire, fuel, boat damage waiver etc.
• 2 Self-catered breakfasts.
• Friday and Saturday night meal.
• Light non-alcoholic refreshments on board.
• Food for lunch or sandwiches.

PRICE EXCLUDES
• Transport to and from Wroxham.
• Car parking fees at the boatyard @ £15 per car

HOW TO BOOK: RSVP on the event page, you will then be sent details of the berth arrangements and asked to pay a deposit of £75 to confirm your birth and the balance payment to be paid by no later than the 18th February 2022.

Please note: You should be aware of and accept any risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.

Past events (242)

Hurley and the Berkshire Monros [10 miles/16 km]

SL6 5NB

£5.00

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