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Welcome to GET OUT OF LONDON! – Hiking, Travel, Day Trips & Adventure

Join one of London’s biggest, friendliest and best organised groups for hiking, walking, travel, day trips, outdoor adventures and much more.

Since August 2010 we’ve been organising a mixture of one day hikes and longer trips in the UK and abroad. We’re a relaxed and friendly group and our emphasis is very much on having fun and making new friends in an enjoyable environment away from all the stresses of the 9 to 5 in London.

We’re a multinational group, full of active, friendly people mainly aged in their 30s, 40s & 50s. With over 21,000 members and regular hiking & travelling events you’re sure to find something to your taste and to meet like-minded people.

We’re a well organised group and try to do everything possible to make sure that you have a great time in an enjoyable, stress-free environment. We organise all of the logistics for our trips so that all you need to do is to turn up and enjoy the trip!

What we do

Hiking – day trips

We organise regular one day hikes near London (mostly on a Saturday). Typically we have groups of 15-30 people on our day hikes so you’re certain to meet like-minded people. Don’t worry if you’re new to hiking – we walk at an easy pace along public footpaths through beautiful but easy terrain in South East England. The emphasis is very much on enjoying the scenery and socialising – we’re not a hardcore hiking group!

The length of our hikes is 8-12 miles - depending on the time of year and how much daylight there is. All of our hikes have been pre-walked, so you can be sure that we’ll never get lost and will always walk along safe routes. Most of our day hikes start at train stations in Central London – to join the hike you just need to sign up online and pay using PayPal. The meeting time for all of our day hikes is at around 10am as we recognise that everyone likes to sleep a bit longer at the weekend! At the end of all our day hikes we always go to a village pub for some well earned food, drink and socialising.

Hiking & sightseeing weekends

We organise weekend hiking and sightseeing trips to other parts of the UK throughout the year. Typically there are 20-40 people on our hiking weekends and we stay in hostel accommodation for 1/2 nights. Usually our trips involve one day of hiking and one day of sightseeing. We also book pubs for the group to eat, drink and socialise in after a long day of walking. As ever we put the emphasis on relaxing, having fun and meeting new people. The locations we travel to and our itineraries are as varied as the scenery of Britain. We’ve done hiking in the Cotswolds, along the cliff tops of the Jurassic Coast and up to the tops of the highest mountains in Wales & Scotland. We’ve also done plenty of sightseeing – visiting the historic city of Bath and its Roman baths, riding a steam train from Corfe Castle to the coastal resort of Swanage and walking along the spectacular coastal scenery of Fort William. There’s so much to see in the British Isles and we plan to see as much of it as possible.

Travel - Long weekends of sightseeing & hiking in European destinations

We love to travel and thanks to budget airlines there’s a huge number of exciting destinations in Europe that we can go to for a long weekend. On our travels we like to see European cities and their surrounding countryside from a different perspective from that which tourists usually see them. Ian (the group organiser) has travelled extensively around Europe and has plenty of local knowledge to ensure a fun and eventful itinerary for all our trips at bargain prices. We also like to venture to the more unusual destinations, recently we have visited Albania, Moldova and Transdniestr and Ukraine.

Typically our long weekends abroad have 25-40 people. We always stay in hotels – usually sharing twin rooms but with the option to upgrade to a single room. Typically a 3 day weekend will consist of one day of hiking, one day of walking around and exploring the city and one day of doing something fun whilst we wait for our flights home. Our travels are planned in meticulous detail: we sort out the hotels, airport transfers, transport and entrance fees. We’ll also arrange restaurants and guide you around the local nightlife so that you can get the best possible experience at local prices. All you need to do is to book your flights then turn up and have a great time discovering a new city with a sociable group of people. Travelling has never been so easy!

We look forward to meeting you soon on one of our hikes or on our travels across Europe.

Happy Hiking & Travelling!

Upcoming events (1)

Bydgoszcz & Torun: Xmas In Poland's Secret Gems.

Bydgoszcz Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport

£10.00

Flights from £39

Finally, after two long years we can meet old and new friends alike to celebrate Xmas together in two of Poland and Europe's most beautiful and relatively unknown cities.

The unpronounceable Bydgoszcz, Poland's 8th largest city, is a buzzing and upcoming destination with a beautifully restored Old Town. Once a thriving trading and religious centre, recent renovations have a created one of Europe's most intimate and beautiful Old Towns. Full of amazing old mills, Gothic churches and a buzzing restaurant scene, it's a great chance to experience this gem before everyone else does.

Torun is a small but very well known (amongst Polish people) city located near Bydgoszcz. This UNESCO listed city was a mediaeval powerhouse in the Hanseatic League and we will enjoy the array of incredible architecture from that period and beyond. Untouched during WW2, wandering the traffic-free streets and sampling the famous gingerbread whilst enjoying a mulled wine or two will be a real highlight.

If the Xmas markets are in full flow (yet to be confirmed) then it will only add to the magic ambience of these two cities. See the pictures section.

The Itinerary (Not yet fully finalized)

Friday 03 December

Fly to Bydgoszcz where a taxi or minibus will be waiting at the airport to take you to the hotel to check in.

For the earlier flight we will have a casual tour of the main sights as darkness falls. Some great photo opportunities as we stroll along the river to the spectacular Mill Island, past the brick Gothic cathedral and into the large Old Town Square flanked by colourful house and masses of cafes and restaurants.
In the evening you can choose one of the restaurants on the superb Jatki street, dedicated solely to great and well-priced food or try the Pierogi in a more traditional setting. The ravioli-like treats filled with veggies/meat and either boiled or baked are truly amazing here.
Late night flights can join the party as we explore some of the great bars around this student city.

Saturday 04 December

After breakfast we will take the train 45 minutes to Torun. Our guide will show us the highlights of this amazing city, birthplace of astronomer Copernicus and choc-full of architecture that will set your cameras on fire. Lunch options will include the local brewery with regional treats such as pulled goose sandwiches.
We then hope to visit Europe's only gingerbread museum and learn to make our own, followed by a tasting and a chance to buy some of these treats from the many stores in town.
Evening will be as Friday with loads of great options for food and drinks together.

Sunday 05 December

For those leaving later in the day, we will have a small hike and head up to the 19th century water tower with it's great views over the city, followed by some more pierogi and sightseeing for those who arrived late on Friday. The late afternoon will be free to enjoy the cities museums and attractions or simply wander the town with a hot wine in hand.

The total cost of the trip is £250. You’ll need to pay a £10 deposit via PayPal when you RSVP to reserve your place. After this the balance of £240 is payable on 1st November.

NOTE: A small number of single rooms are available for an extra £50

Please pay the balance to the following bank account, not to PayPal:

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The price includes:

• 2 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel (sharing a same-sex twin bedroom) with breakfast included. The hotel is located in the city centre, a 5 minute walk from the main sites in the Old Town.

• Airport transfers to and from Bydgoszcz airport (If arriving on Friday and leaving on Sunday).

• Professionally led guided tour of Torun and casual tour of Bydgoszcz.
• Tour of gingerbread museum/alternative attraction.
• Return train ticket to Torun.
• Entrance to water tower and/or any other attractions.

The price doesn’t include:

• Flights to Bydgoszcz – you’ll need to book these yourself! Currently you can get a return flight for £39 (Recommended flights in comments section).

NOTE: Things can change quickly these days. Covid updates, tips and legal stuff are listed in the comments section.

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