What we're about

Great Outdoors is a group for people who love the outdoors and would like to get away at the weekends to experience our wonderful countryside, national parks and coastal areas.

Why join Great Outdoors?

There are a lot of hiking group in and around London, however I am consistently told that the Great Outdoors groups are the most friendly out there.

At each of our MeetUps you can expect to meet some of our regulars who come to our hikes and/or have been with us on our weekend or international trips. You can also expect to be greeted personally by the person hosting the event. Come back a few times and you could be a regular too!

Although the group is based in London, we are open to anyone from around the UK because weekends will are staged all over the country and overseas.

Nearly all our hikes finish with a visit to a pub, as after a days hiking that is the ideal end point to carry on the conversations you were having on route!

Great Outdoors together with our other groups Outdoor Weekends and A1 London Hiking have over 8000 members and counting.

We might not be the biggest outdoors group in the UK, and we might not be the oldest outdoors group in the UK, but you can bet your butt we are the coolest and the sexiest outdoors group in the UK!

So if you want to meet fun, active, sociable people - join us and come out to a Meetup soon!


For frequently asked questions see here: http://www.meetup.com/RuggedTracks/messages/boards/thread/17073472

Upcoming events (1)

North Downs Way, Dunton Green to Oxted

Dunton Green


Join us for a 12.5 mile hike across and around the famous North Downs Way from Dunton Green to Oxted. A brand new route. Some steep sections but 250m max elevation. We should be able to have a look at Titsey Place Manor House on the way back down, they have tea room, so we can make a pit stop for 10 minutes,and look at the outside of the building, assuming there is a path into the back of the grounds. This hike is posted on, Great Outdoors, Outdoor Weekends, and A1 London Hiking, hence attendees will be more than listed on any one site. MEET TIME AND PLACE AT DUNTON GREEN STATION: 11.00AM Get the 10.15 Charring Cross changing at Orpington 10.39, and take 10.43 for Dunton Green, arrives 10.54, at Dunton Green. I will meet you at Dunton Green station, near Sevenoaks, (not in London.) If you are not there at 11.00 you will unfortunately miss the walk start, so drivers please be there at 10.45 to ensure you have time to park etc etc. We will be finishing the hike at OXTED. Distance: 12.5 miles Walking Time: 5 hours approx, excluding lunch Lunch: 1 hour, there is a pub mid way, they do roasts, soup, cake and tea and coffee. If you don't want any of these things bring sandwiches, though they assure me they can turn a roast around in 10 minutes (!!!) Max group size for us is around 20 pax,normally with a handful of our core members. We encourage you to come back and you can become one! Cost: £5.00 pay on the day Free to core members on the text list Difficulty level: 8/10, some hills, maybe steep, you need to be in good physical fitness to join this hike. Things to bring: Sandwiches for lunch. Bring some munchies for the way round anyway! Water! - At least 1 litre Wear layers of clothes, and hiking boots/shoes Check the weather before you leave, bring an extra layer for the top of the downs. Return time: We will probably get a train back to London around 7.15pm after having a drink at the end pub. If you have evening plans in London do not come. ................................................... Important: You must be able to run at least run 100 meters for a bus to join one of our hikes. Please always check your e mail and this web site for any updates before leaving for each event, I can read weather forecasts like a book, you won't melt in the rain, but we're aiming for hiking not swimming, so there may be updates on weather travel and a very slim chance of cancellation. Always check your travel the night before (tube closures every weekend people!) TFL Journey Planner http://www.tfl.gov.uk/ .................................................... Worried about coming on your own? More on walking pace, and questions about distance, footwear, weather, return train times or safety? Refer to our frequently asked questions on the Message Board (under discussions). If I can do anything to make this walk more accessible please get in touch by sending me a text message or voicemail. N.B: You will be required to fill in a next of kin form, if you don't want to do this we are unable to take you on the event.

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