What we're about

Must all meetup groups in London be fully booked or ridiculously expensive?! Not here!!

Explore Britain and the Great British outdoors free of charge by connecting with walkers, hikers and outdoor lovers!

We are different from most outdoor Meetup Groups because
- we are 100% free & community-driven;
- we are a group of friends, not a business;
- we do different activity types and levels;
- anyone may organize a walk/trip. You, too!

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How does it work?
- You only pay for your train tickets and accommodation (if necessary)
- If possible we will share ticket costs and discounts (e.g. GroupSave)

Who should join this group?
- Anyone who loves the outdoors:
- All ages and experience levels;
- Check each individual event's details to decide if it's suitable for you.

What are the rules?
Because each event has a different organizer, please read each event's rules carefully, e.g. some trips may have limited places due to safety reasons;

Get ready for unforgettable adventures, forests, ancient castles, prehistoric ruins, valley walks and hills, weekend breaks and day walks - along the English coasts, the mountains of Wales and the Highlands of Scotland - all for free!

Upcoming events (4)

A Miller's Christmas Fayre (15 or 12 miles)

Sandy Train Station - Great Northern Rail

Early birds get an extra hour's brisk flutter into Sandy Warren nature reserve which has well preserved wood and heathland. Of particular interest is a Greensand cliff full of Cretaceous delights.
The Lodge Nature Reserve, Bedfordshire - The RSPB

After the 09.47 train from St Pancras arrives at 10.34, there's a 12 miles Winterreise via Jordans Mill in time for its Christmas Craft & Food Fayre.

Along the way through more Greensand country, the village churches of Northill and Southill share connection to misfortunate Admirals. Northill's houses a brass tompion from Jellicoe's flagship Iron Duke. Southill houses Admiral Byng, who paid the ultimate price for 'failing to do his utmost'. Yet these villages lie far from any sea.

We shall do our utmost to reach the mill in time for the Christmas fayre, and the cafe's festive menu. Full details in the links below:
December Christmas Craft & Food Fayre Spectacular (jordansmill.com)
Festive.pdf (jordansmill.com)
Jordans Mill - Historic Mill and Gardens, Bedfordshire

After spending time to stock up with festive fayre and food we'll continue to Biggleswade for après walk social and trains to London

Travel Details: Early birds take the train departing 8.47 AM from ST PANCRAS to SANDY arrives 9.34 AM
If wanting to do the 12 miles walk to the mill catch the 9.47 AM from ST PANCRAS to SANDY arrives 10.34 AM
The walk ends at BIGGLESWADE
Buy an off peak day return to SANDY which is £10.55 with Groupsave or a Network card.

Walk start: From SANDY rail station. Bring a packed lunch. The organizer will meet people at Sandy

How to join?

  • The walk is entirely free of charge;
  • You only arrange for your own travel and pub expenses;
  • Understand our terms and conditions below (the "IMPORTANT" part);
  • Understand how to stay safe outdoors, as you will be responsible for yourself. See our quick safety tips:
    http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/
  • Please answer the RSVP question; Guests with missing or incorrect answers will be removed from the list!

What to bring

  • Plenty of water, 1-2 litres recommended
  • Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized along the walk
  • Extra snacks and an extra packed lunch just in case
  • Rainproof (ideally waterproof) clothing, sturdy shoes/boots you don't mind getting muddy
  • Spare socks
  • Walking poles and/or an umbrella :-)
  • Yourself...
  • ...and your camera!
  • Cash for train ticket
  • Cash for pub at the end of the walk?

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section!

IMPORTANT
Please bear in mind this is a free of charge, self-guided trip with a hobby group. It is not organized by a business nor any entity with commercial purposes.
Any trip details, travel advice, route planning, instructions and other content in our group merely represent our shared personal knowledge, research and suggestions as outdoor enthusiasts. As this is no business, there is no "product", "service" or "package" and also no "tour guide", "operator" or "walk leader".
Each participant is responsible for their own safety. Even if some of us are very experienced walking outdoors, nobody assumes responsibility for any kind of injury, damage or loss that may happen.
By participating you acknowledge and agree with this disclaimer.

Here are our tips on staying safe during outdoor trips:
http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/

TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, INSURANCE
Although we provide detailed suggestions, each participant is expected to arrange their own travel - this gives everyone the freedom and choice. Anyone interested in travel or outdoor insurance should also arrange this on their own. As mentioned above we always take extreme precautions, but some people may still feel safer if covered.
As most of our trips are confirmed or postponed very close to the event date - heavily depending on the weather forecasts - we advise not to buy this until the last minute. People getting tickets from the same station are encouraged to meet early on the day to benefit from discounts such as GroupSave.

4
Sevenoaks circular, Knole Park + Ightham Mote about 11Miles

London Bridge Station

This walk goes through a lovely slice of Kentish countryside, starting by passing through the deer park of the National Trust owned Knole House.
We will then descend through newly coppiced woodland to Ightham Mote (pronounced "I-tam"), a rare moated manor house, also owned by the National Trust, whose self-service restaurant is an option for lunch.
After lunch we will follow a wonderful stretch of the Greensand Way which slowly climbs the escarpment of the Kent Downs with superb views over the Weald to the south, before finishing back in Sevenoaks.

This is a moderate walk with some hills and I expect it might be muddy so wear appropriate footwear.

Walk starts at 10.30 at Sevenoaks Station. Walk ends 4pm at Sevenoaks railway Station. Get the 10.04 train from London Bridge to Sevenoaks arr. 10.30. Buy a day return to Sevenoaks £9.50 with railcard or groupsave. National trust cafe for lunch or bring a packed lunch. How to join? - The walk is entirely free of charge; - You only arrange for your own travel and pub expenses; - Understand our terms and conditions below (the "IMPORTANT" part); - Understand how to stay safe outdoors, as you will be responsible for yourself. See our quick safety tips: http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/ - Please answer the RSVP question; Guests with missing or incorrect answers will be removed from the list! What to bring - Plenty of water, 1-2 litres recommended - Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized along the walk - Extra snacks and an extra packed lunch just in case - Rainproof (ideally waterproof) clothing, sturdy shoes/boots you don't mind getting muddy - Spare socks - Walking poles and/or an umbrella :-) - Yourself... - ...and your camera! - Cash for train ticket - Cash for pub at the end of the walk? Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section! IMPORTANT Please bear in mind this is a free of charge, self-guided trip with a hobby group. It is not organized by a business nor any entity with commercial purposes. Any trip details, travel advice, route planning, instructions and other content in our group merely represent our shared personal knowledge, research and suggestions as outdoor enthusiasts. As this is no business, there is no "product", "service" or "package" and also no "tour guide", "operator" or "walk leader". Each participant is responsible for their own safety. Even if some of us are very experienced walking outdoors, nobody assumes responsibility for any kind of injury, damage or loss that may happen. Despite this, we take extreme precautions and all trips we plan are very safe, fun, highly educational and popular. Our experienced members volunteer their time and effort to shape a pleasant and quality adventure for everyone :-) By participating you acknowledge and agree with this disclaimer. Here are our tips on staying safe during outdoor trips: http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/ TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, INSURANCE Although we provide detailed suggestions, each participant is expected to arrange their own travel - this gives everyone the freedom and choice. Anyone interested in travel or outdoor insurance should also arrange this on their own. As mentioned above we always take extreme precautions, but some people may still feel safer if covered. As most of our trips are confirmed or postponed very close to the event date - heavily depending on the weather forecasts - we advise not to buy this until the last minute. People getting tickets from the same station are encouraged to meet early on the day to benefit from discounts such as GroupSave. Any questions, feel free to ask below or send a private message!

1
Christmas party walk (12 miles)

London Bridge Station (LBG)

A year since the last Christmas party walk it's time to return to Crawley Down in the heart of the Weald to festively celebrate this year's achievements! Time to dust off the Christmas jumper and don a Santa hat. There will be a 2 hours stop in the afternoon from around 2pm for the social. Fingers crossed for hiker awards prizes!

Austerity Christmas in the sunlit uplands means there's no option of a turkey roast this year. Something about turkeys voting for Christmas. Anyhow here's the menu:
Lunch Menu (thecarriage.org)

TRAVEL: Take the 10.05 train from London Bridge to THREE BRIDGES. Walk starts 10.40 AM from Horley station. Walk ends at Three Bridges with regular trains to London.

The organizer will be standing from 9.40 am in front of the ticket office in London Bridge Station to act as a focal point for people to arrange Groupsave tickets.

Buy an off peak day return to THREE BRIDGES £7.35 with Groupsave or a Network card.

NB The walk after the social will be in the dark so everyone should pack a torch.

How to join?

  • The walk is entirely free of charge;
  • You only arrange for your own travel and pub expenses;
  • Understand our terms and conditions below (the "IMPORTANT" part);
  • Understand how to stay safe outdoors, as you will be responsible for yourself. See our quick safety tips:
    http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section!

IMPORTANT
Please bear in mind this is a free of charge, self-guided trip with a hobby group. It is not organized by a business nor any entity with commercial purposes.
Any trip details, travel advice, route planning, instructions and other content in our group merely represent our shared personal knowledge, research and suggestions as outdoor enthusiasts. As this is no business, there is no "product", "service" or "package" and also no "tour guide", "operator" or "walk leader".
Each participant is responsible for their own safety. Even if some of us are very experienced walking outdoors, nobody assumes responsibility for any kind of injury, damage or loss that may happen.
Despite this, we take extreme precautions and all trips we plan are very safe, fun, highly educational and popular. Our experienced members volunteer their time and effort to shape a pleasant and quality adventure for everyone :-)
By participating you acknowledge and agree with this disclaimer.

Here are our tips on staying safe during outdoor trips:
http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/

TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, INSURANCE
Although we provide detailed suggestions, each participant is expected to arrange their own travel and (if required) accommodation - this gives everyone the freedom and choice to join from wherever they want and stay wherever they want. Anyone interested in travel or outdoor insurance should also arrange this on their own. As mentioned above we always take extreme precautions, but some people may still feel safer if covered.
We advise not to buy tickets until the day. People getting tickets from the same station are encouraged to meet early on the day to benefit from discounts such as GroupSave.

Any questions, feel free to ask below or send a private message!

Knockholt circular walk, approx 12Miles

Knockholt Railway Station

Despite its starting point being within London Travelcard Zone 6, this is a completely rural walk, passing through a succession of lovely open fields & countryside. After lunch we will pass Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, the naturalist.

This is a moderate walk with hills. As the group size will be limited to 50 please only rsvp if you definitely intend to attend. Please don't buy advanced train tickets for this event, in case I have to cancel due to bad weather.

Walk starts at 10.01 at knockholt Station. Walk ends 4pm at knockholt railway Station. Get the 09.19 train from London Bridge to knockholt arr. 10.01. Buy a one day travelcard zones 1-6 £9.50 with railcard or groupsave or use oyster card. Bring a packed lunch. How to join? - The walk is entirely free of charge; - You only arrange for your own travel and pub expenses; - Understand our terms and conditions below (the "IMPORTANT" part); - Understand how to stay safe outdoors, as you will be responsible for yourself. See our quick safety tips: http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/ - Please answer the RSVP question; Guests with missing or incorrect answers will be removed from the list! What to bring - Plenty of water, 1-2 litres recommended - Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized along the walk - Extra snacks and an extra packed lunch just in case - Rainproof (ideally waterproof) clothing, sturdy shoes/boots you don't mind getting muddy - Spare socks - Walking poles and/or an umbrella :-) - Yourself... - ...and your camera! - Cash for train ticket - Cash for pub at the end of the walk? Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section! IMPORTANT Please bear in mind this is a free of charge, self-guided trip with a hobby group. It is not organized by a business nor any entity with commercial purposes. Any trip details, travel advice, route planning, instructions and other content in our group merely represent our shared personal knowledge, research and suggestions as outdoor enthusiasts. As this is no business, there is no "product", "service" or "package" and also no "tour guide", "operator" or "walk leader". Each participant is responsible for their own safety. Even if some of us are very experienced walking outdoors, nobody assumes responsibility for any kind of injury, damage or loss that may happen. Despite this, we take extreme precautions and all trips we plan are very safe, fun, highly educational and popular. Our experienced members volunteer their time and effort to shape a pleasant and quality adventure for everyone :-) By participating you acknowledge and agree with this disclaimer. Here are our tips on staying safe during outdoor trips: http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/ TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, INSURANCE Although we provide detailed suggestions, each participant is expected to arrange their own travel - this gives everyone the freedom and choice. Anyone interested in travel or outdoor insurance should also arrange this on their own. As mentioned above we always take extreme precautions, but some people may still feel safer if covered. As most of our trips are confirmed or postponed very close to the event date - heavily depending on the weather forecasts - we advise not to buy this until the last minute. People getting tickets from the same station are encouraged to meet early on the day to benefit from discounts such as GroupSave. Any questions, feel free to ask below or send a private message!

Past events (557)

A jolly round Stratton's Folly (12 or 16 miles)

Kings Cross Station

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