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)

Princes Risborough to High Wycombe, Approx. 16 MILES

Marylebone Railway Station

Our Chilterns adventure is still on. We previously did Princes Risborough to High Wycombe heading west, and this time we will explore the East side between these 2 towns. Bring an extra bag for apples, there will be plenty of wild apple trees ready to be harvested.

I’ll be at London Marylebone at 9:45
Walk starts at 10:45 at Princes Risborough train station
Walk ends at 6:00pm at High Wycombe, pub drinks

MUST READ!!!

Walk difficulty is Intermediate with a pace of 3miles/H on flat terrain

Travel:
Buy a return to Princes Risborough
Take the 10am sharp to PR
Ticket price with network rail card or Group save is 15.80£
I can take up to 3x ppl on my rail card

As we will be limited to 30 people, please only RSVP if you are certain to attend.

*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:
https://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:
https://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!

Gover Hill (15 miles) - Borough Green to Tonbridge

Victoria Station

Somebody I know says Gover Hill, perched on an escarpment overlooking the Medway valley, is a lovely small woodland of mainly coppiced chestnut. My Wealdway guide describes the view over the Medway valley as dramatic. This second stage of the Wealdway crosses the Greensand ridge, before following the Medway river into the ancient town of Tonbridge, with its fine Norman motte & bailey castle remains dating from the 12-14th-C.

Crossing from sea to sea, from the North Sea to the South Coast, the Wealdway was created in 1981. As this year marks its 40th anniversary I have decided to complete the path in six day stages. Join me for this stage, and if inspired return for more, and in time reach the Seven Sisters.

TRAVEL: Take the 9.55 train from London Victoria to BOROUGH GREEN & WROTHAM. Walk starts 10.40 from Borough Green & Wrotham station. Walk ends at Tonbridge with regular trains to London.

The organiser will be standing from 9.30 in front of the WH Smith in the centre of Victoria Station to act as a focal point for people to arrange Groupsave tickets.

Buy (1) an off peak day return to TONBRIDGE and (2) a single ticket from OTFORD to BOROUGH GREEN. Total £13.60 with Groupsave or a Network card.

***IMPORTANT: THIS EVENT IS SUBJECT TO COVID-19 RULES***
As London carefully re-opens, we want to meet in FULL COMPLIANCE with Covid-19 law. Anyone who joins must keep enough distance and wear a mask when obliged to on public transport.

*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:
https://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:
https://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!

Downe on the Downs - An Origin of the Species walk from Zone 6 (14 miles)

"Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral."

Let's face it the Galapagos are probably better suited to studying evolution than Little Britain :) and on this day in 1836 Charles Darwin returned on HMS Beagle after 5 years at sea. This walk leads to his home in the picturesque village of Downe, which as the name suggests sits on a hill in the North Downs. There will be a chance to rest in one of the village inns where Darwin refreshed following his local wanders in search of answers, and to pass through the downland woods and meadows he knew intimately. Or if not so thirsty, why not use the lunch break to visit his house, managed by English Heritage.

All travel costs covered by Oyster or Travelcard. Both start and finish points are in Zone 6

Outward Travel: Take the train departing 9.50 AM from London Victoria to UPPER WARLINGHAM. Beforehand from 9.30 AM the organiser will be easy to spot near the central WH Smith on the main concourse wearing a yellow coat or shirt.

The walk ends at KNOCKHOLT for trains to London Bridge

Walk start: 10.25 AM from Upper Warlingham rail station
Bring a packed lunch. Pub stop in Downe.

*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:
https://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:
https://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!

USA - Grand Canyon and best of California's National Parks - Yosemite & Zion

This will be a road trip to remember covering 6 USA National Parks ( including - Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Sequoia & Zion) across 4 states (California, Arizona, Utah & Nevada) and 6 different accommodation locations. There will be 9 full hiking days and this includes the infamous Half Dome hike up in the granite mountains of Yosemite, trails through giant Sequoia & Redwood trees and the best hikes down to the base of the Grand Canyon. We will drive 100 miles along the pacific coast along the infamous the Pacific Highway 1 with incredible pacific ocean views to the elephant seals rookery. This event will be during August 2022 and the deadline to sign up will be mid November 2021 as we have to purchase our flights from December 2021. Michael will hold a gathering to meet members that are interested in this event over a drink.

The hiking routes I will be choosing will be the classic, scenic and not to be missed ones and therefore are high in the mountains with the best viewpoints.

To view photos of my 2017/2019 USA event go to:
https://www.michael-outdoor-events.com/usa-grand-cayon

I am able to offer 3 free hiking places each day (maximum of 4 days per member) of the 14 days itinerary. For those who want to join this trip for free hiking then you will need to sort out your own accommodation & transportation. Of course this offer would only make sense if you are in USA and in the same area at the same time. I am leading a non free group from UK for the whole 14 days starting from UK where I will organise everything.

I CANNOT give you any more info at this stage (cannot reply to any questions on meetup). If you are interested just RSVP and send Michael a brief email via [masked] and state whether you are interested in the whole 14 days itinerary or the free 4 days and I will send you further informations regarding to flights & costs.

Proposed itinerary (exact dates to be confirmed) USA Schedule 2021
Day 00 - 2nd August Tues - London to SF stay overnight and fly out to LV next morning
Day 01- 3rd Wed - August 2020: SF for Las Vegas - hire vehicle/s (minibus or/and car/s) and drive to accommodation outside of Zion National Park
Day 02: 4th Thurs - Zion National Park: Angels Landing hike (this is one of the best walks in the region - 6 hours hike)
angel landing video
Don’t worry if this video looks scary, it really isn’t too bad as you are supported by chains along the route. Most of my group didn’t even bother with the supporting chains. You can miss the narrow sections completely. Will give you more info during our meeting.
Day 03: 5th Fri - The Narrows (this is dependant upon the water levels in the canyon)
Day 04: 6th Sat - Bryce Canyon and Horse shoe and drive to Grand Canyon rim walk (2 hours walk) + view Grand Canyon at sunset
Day 05: 7th Sun - Grandview and Mesa Horse shoe, a classic Grand Canyon hike (6-7 hours walk)
Day 06 : 8th Mon - Drive to Williams (an interesting town on route 66) for breakfast then drive back to Las Vegas and stay for 1 night
Day 07 : 9th Tues - Fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco - hire Vehicle/s and drive a short distance to Monterey - Coastal bike ride, whale watching or other activities
Day 08: 10th Wed - Half Dome hike (16 miles - 10 hours) - the best and most infamous hike in Yosemite
half dome hike yosemite best video
Don’t worry about the cable section. It isn’t that hard. Will give you more info during our meeting.
Day 09: 11th Thurs - Late start & sightseeing day: visit Yosemite falls and El Capitan
Day 10: 12th Fri - Panoramic trail to Glacier Point (14 miles 10 hours) - a fantastic walk with an incredible views of the whole Yosemite valley
Day 11: 13th Sat Redwood Canyon Loop (4-5 hrs walk through giant sequoia trees forest) + Congress Trail (2 hours)
Day 12: 14th Sun Big tree walk (2.5 hours) Moro Rock (1.5 hour) + General Sherman Tree (the largest tree in the world) - Leave Sequoia for Yosemite
Day 13: 15th Mon - Leave Monterey and continue along the Pacific highway 1

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