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Great Outdoors has been one of the best UK based hiking group for over 10 years. If you want to get out shake off the cobwebs and get some miles in exploring some of the UK’s best countryside, national parks and coastal paths, you’re in the right place. Great Outdoors is currently section hiking the Wales Coast Path, it’s 870 miles long, so it’s going to take a while!

We look after all the logistics on each of our hikes so you can just turn up for a fun day out and follow along. The emphasis is on a sociable and fun day. We are open to anyone regardless of colour, nationality, gender, orientation, and age. Though many of our members are 30 40 50 ish, many are younger and many are older. As long as you are young at heart, you are welcome here.

You can expect people in this group to care what your name is, and we do nearly always stop for a drink or a meal at the end of each day, as that's the natural place to mark the end of the hike, and carry on the conversations you were having on route.

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Upcoming events (5)

St Arvans and Chepstow Park Woodlands Circular

Saint Arvans

Hiking in the Trellech to Chepstow Plateau, come join in because A, we love hiking, and B, there is nothing fun left to do except hike! The Trellech to Chepstow Plateau runs between the Usk and Wye Valleys West to East, Sloping down to Monmouth in the North and Chepstow in the south. Farmland and open country are peppered with historic sites, pretty villages and ancient woodlands. This hike starts out from the village of St Arvans, and heads up to Chepstow Park Wood. This is one of the most densely vegetated areas remaining of the ancient forest which once covered this area, though we’ll also cover some open country, and pass the settlement of lower Fedw. Y Fedw meaning “The Birches”, was probably created through illegal settlement by workers at Tinten Wireworks, there were water mills situated on all of the tributaries of the Lower Wye including the the Angiddy which Angidy River which Fedw brook runs into We will finish back at St Arvans, there is a lovely pub there called The Piercefield with outside seating. Please note this is a new route so you need to be tolerant of a bit of flapping about on route finding. ROUTE FORMAT Circular MEETING POINT Car Park at back of the Piercefield Pub, St Arvans MEETING TIME 11.00 PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK YOUR E MAIL AND THIS WEB SITE FOR ANY UPDATES BEFORE LEAVING FOR EACH EVENT. CONTACT DETAILS COVID RULES, you will be required to scan in using the “NHS COVID-19” and keep your blue tooth enabled for the duration of the hike. Please ensure you download this before the hike, you will not be taken on the hike without it. Please consult google in advance if you do not already have this app. If you are tested positive or display symptoms of Coronavirus within the seven days following the hike, please notify the leader. Separately to fulfil general health and safety compliance you will be required to provide next of kin details, if you don't want to do this we are also unable to take you on the event, these details will also be provided to COVID contact tracing if they request them. MILES 7.5 miles linear, with gradient this will come out around 9 miles HOURS WALKING 4 + lunchbreak SD: 17.57 Cost Free ORGANISED SPORT Great outdoors is a tax paying business, this is an organised sport we are currently allowed to take up to 30 people on this event however in light of current situation are limiting to lower numbers. DIFFICULTY: 6/10, couple of steep bits, but max elevation is 250m WEAR Layered clothing, Hiking shoes/boots. THINGS TO BRING: Face Mask, for shops etc, (not required when hiking) Hand sanitiser Hat, gloves, scarf Water, at least 1 litre Packed lunch food/munchies for before and after the hike hike Loo Roll (If using this on route please ensure you adopt the wild camping motto and “leave no trace”) FINISH TIME: There is no fixed return time, although we will aim to be back at the pub around 5pm. This is hiking so variation may happen. EVENING PLANS Please don't come if you want to be back home in time for any important "evening plans". Please don't do it! Go and annoy someone else, on this subject - I bite! FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED You must be able to at least run 100 meters for a bus to join one of our hikes. PUB GUIDANCE We usually finish at a pub, whilst restrictions allow, members may wish have a social drink after the event, however club guidance is that this be enjoyed outside. Please respect this and bring some extra layers for the evening to keep warm. Failure to adhere to club guidance will result in removal from the group.

Monmouth, The Kymin, The Roundhouse, The Suckstone and Hearkening Rock

Come join in because A, we love hiking, and B, there is nothing fun left to do except hike! The Forest of Dean offers some of Britain’s most established ancient woodland, glorious forests as well as areas planted with conifers, some of which are now being restored to deciduous species. It was made Britain’s first National Forest Park in 1938 and runs between the river Severn in the East and the Wye in the West. Think crisp afternoons flashes of sunlight This hike is on the edge of the Forest of Dean, The Kymin is a famous hill rising above Monmouth featuring a famous naval building, the round House. Apparently Nelson had breakfast here in 1802 and complained as they weren't planting enough Oaks to build his ships from. We'll also pass the Suck Stone which holds the eminent title of "UK's largest free standing Boulder", (try to contain your excitement), this is not to be confused with the Buckstone, (the Buckstone has a funnier story so we'll go back another time). We're also going to pass near Harkening Rock, (as oppose to far harkening rock, I'm not making this up!), this was a site where the gamekeepers used to listen out for poachers. The route climbs over the Kymin Hill and loops back round taking in a nice long stretch of the River Wye, starting and finishing at Monmouth ROUTE FORMAT Circular MEETING POINT Kings Head Hotel, Monmouth MEETING TIME 11.00 am PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK YOUR E MAIL AND THIS WEB SITE FOR ANY UPDATES BEFORE LEAVING FOR EACH EVENT. CONTACT DETAILS COVID RULES, you will be required to switch on bluetooth using the “NHS COVID-19” and keep this on for the duration of the hike. Please ensure you download this before the hike, you will not be taken on the hike without it, it is 100% anonymous.. Please consult google in advance if you do not already have this app. If you are tested positive or display symptoms of Coronavirus within the seven days following the hike, please notify the leader. To fulfil general health and safety compliance you will be required to provide next of kin details, if you don't want to do this we are also unable to take you on the event, these details will also be provided to COVID contact tracing if they request them. MILES 8.62 linear miles (so this will probably come in at about 10) SD: 16.42 Cost Free DIFFICULTY: 7/10 has one big enough hill max elevation 250m WEAR Layered clothing, Hiking boots. ORGANISED SPORT Great outdoors is a tax paying business and this is an organised sport we are currently allowed to take up to 30 people on this event, however in light of current situation are limiting to lower numbers. THINGS TO BRING: Face Mask, for shops etc, (not required when hiking) Hand sanitiser Hat Water, at least 1 litre Packed lunch food/munchies for before and after the hike Loo Roll (If using this on route please ensure you adopt the wild camping motto and “leave no trace”) FINISH TIME: There is no specified return time, although we will aim to be back at the pub around 4.30pm. This is hiking so variation may happen. EVENING PLANS Please don't come if you want to be back home in time for any important "evening plans", we will not be back in time and you will annoy me by asking. Please don't do it! Go and annoy someone else, on this subject - I bite! FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED You must be able to at least run 100 meters for a bus to join one of our hikes. PUB GUIDANCE We usually finish at a pub, whilst restrictions allow, members may wish have a social drink after the event, however club guidance is that this be enjoyed outside. Please respect this and bring some extra layers for the evening to keep warm. Failure to adhere to club guidance will result in removal from the group.

Wye Valley Region Hiking

As stated in Event Text

These hikes will be in the Forest of Dean and also the Trellech to Chepstow Plateau in and around the Wye Valley, come join in because A, we love hiking, and B, there is nothing fun left to do except hike! The Forest of Dean offers some of Britain’s most established ancient woodland, glorious forests as well as areas planted with conifers, some of which are now being restored to deciduous species. It was made Britain’s first National Forest Park in 1938 and runs between the river Severn in the East and the Wye in the West. The Trellech to Chepstow Plateau runs between the Usk and Wye Valleys West to East, Sloping down to Monmouth in the North and Chepstow in the south. Farmland and open country are peppered with historic sites, pretty villages and ancient woodlands. Think crisp afternoons flashes of sunlight The specifics of each event will be populated before each hike. ROUTE FORMAT Circular MEETING POINT TBC MEETING TIME TBC PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK YOUR E MAIL AND THIS WEB SITE FOR ANY UPDATES BEFORE LEAVING FOR EACH EVENT. CONTACT DETAILS COVID RULES, you will be required to scan in using the “NHS COVID-19” and keep your blue tooth enabled for the duration of the hike. Please ensure you download this before the hike, you will not be taken on the hike without it. Please consult google in advance if you do not already have this app. If you are tested positive or display symptoms of Coronavirus within teh seven days following the hike, please notify the leader. Separately to fulfil general health and safety compliance you will be required to provide next of kin details, if you don't want to do this we are also unable to take you on the event, these details will also be provided to COVID contact tracing if they request them. MILES 7-10miles SD: TBC Cost £TBC Pre paid, please consult google if you do not have a pay pal account DIFFICULTY: TBC WEAR Layered clothing, Hiking shoes/boots. ORGANISED SPORT Great outdoors is a tax paying business and this is an organised sport, we are currently allowed to take up to 30 people on this event, however in light of current situation are limiting to lower numbers. THINGS TO BRING: Face Mask, for shops etc, (not required when hiking) Hand sanitiser Hat Sun cream Water, at least 1 litre Packed lunch food/munchies for before and after the hike Loo Roll (If using this on route please ensure you adopt the wild camping motto and “leave no trace”) FINISH TIME: There is no specified return time, although we will aim to be back at the pub around 5pm. This is hiking so variation may happen. EVENING PLANS Please don't come if you want to be back home in time for any important "evening plans", we will not be back in time and you will annoy me by asking. Please don't do it! Go and annoy someone else, on this subject - I bite! FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED You must be able to at least run 100 meters for a bus to join one of our hikes. PUB GUIDANCE We usually finish at a pub, whilst restrictions allow, members may wish have a social drink after the event, however club guidance is that this be enjoyed outside. Please respect this and bring some extra layers for the evening to keep warm. Failure to adhere to club guidance will result in removal from the group. FREEBIES All great outdoors hikes are chargeable, however to retain a club feel, if you organise and lead a hike, you will get a year of free hikes, or if you come to three events within a year with a hike fee of £5.00 or over, you will not have to pay for a year from your last paid hike!!! HOW TO PAY When events are first posted you do not have to pay straight away. When the pre pay is switched on you need to pay or you may loose your place. You can get notifications via the app. Alternatively pay when originally marking your place send payment from paypal to: [masked] stating meetup name +hike title in reference.

Wye Valley Region Hiking

As stated in Event Text

These hikes will be in the Forest of Dean and also the Trellech to Chepstow Plateau in and around the Wye Valley, come join in because A, we love hiking, and B, there is nothing fun left to do except hike! The Forest of Dean offers some of Britain’s most established ancient woodland, glorious forests as well as areas planted with conifers, some of which are now being restored to deciduous species. It was made Britain’s first National Forest Park in 1938 and runs between the river Severn in the East and the Wye in the West. The Trellech to Chepstow Plateau runs between the Usk and Wye Valleys West to East, Sloping down to Monmouth in the North and Chepstow in the south. Farmland and open country are peppered with historic sites, pretty villages and ancient woodlands. Think crisp afternoons flashes of sunlight The specifics of each event will be populated before each hike. ROUTE FORMAT Circular MEETING POINT TBC MEETING TIME TBC PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK YOUR E MAIL AND THIS WEB SITE FOR ANY UPDATES BEFORE LEAVING FOR EACH EVENT. CONTACT DETAILS COVID RULES, you will be required to scan in using the “NHS COVID-19” and keep your blue tooth enabled for the duration of the hike. Please ensure you download this before the hike, you will not be taken on the hike without it. Please consult google in advance if you do not already have this app. If you are tested positive or display symptoms of Coronavirus within teh seven days following the hike, please notify the leader. Separately to fulfil general health and safety compliance you will be required to provide next of kin details, if you don't want to do this we are also unable to take you on the event, these details will also be provided to COVID contact tracing if they request them. MILES 7-10miles SD: TBC Cost £TBC Pre paid, please consult google if you do not have a pay pal account DIFFICULTY: TBC ORGANISED SPORT Great outdoors is a tax paying business and this is an organised sport we are currently allowed to take up to 30 people on this event, however in light of current situation are limiting to lower numbers. WEAR Layered clothing, Hiking shoes/boots. THINGS TO BRING: Face Mask, for shops etc, (not required when hiking) Hand sanitiser Hat Sun cream Water, at least 1 litre Packed lunch food/munchies for before and after the hike Loo Roll (If using this on route please ensure you adopt the wild camping motto and “leave no trace”) FINISH TIME: There is no specified return time, although we will aim to be back at the pub around 5pm. This is hiking so variation may happen. EVENING PLANS Please don't come if you want to be back home in time for any important "evening plans", we will not be back in time and you will annoy me by asking. Please don't do it! Go and annoy someone else, on this subject - I bite! FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED You must be able to at least run 100 meters for a bus to join one of our hikes. PUB GUIDANCE We usually finish at a pub, whilst restrictions allow, members may wish have a social drink after the event, however club guidance is that this be enjoyed outside. Please respect this and bring some extra layers for the evening to keep warm. Failure to adhere to club guidance will result in removal from the group. FREEBIES! All great outdoors hikes are chargeable, however to retain a club feel, if you organise and lead a hike, you will get a year of free hikes, or if you come to three events within a year with a hike fee of £5.00 or over, you will not have to pay for a year from your last paid hike!!! HOW TO PAY When events are first posted you do not have to pay straight away. When the pre pay is switched on you need to pay or you may loose your place. You can get notifications via the app. Alternatively pay when originally marking your place send payment from paypal to: [masked] stating meetup name +hike title in reference.

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