Hampshire Hikers is the group for you if you like a 'good' walk, of 9-12 miles, in easy-going and friendly company, and a choice of a wide range of locations in and around the big county of Hampshire. Groups are small, and never over 20. Please take a few minutes to read through our ethos and make sure it is right for you, as certain considerations on behalf of both members and Walk Leaders enable the group to run smoothly and happily.
(If Covid restrictions are re-introduced, the organiser will email you a copy of our advice for walking as safely as possible with this group. But in any case,please do not attend a walk if you feel unwell in any way.)
So, if you enjoy a 9-12 mile hike at a reasonable pace, not too fast or slow, in a small group, in all weathers, and you are passionate about the countryside and interested in the social landscape, then this is the group for you. Walks are led by experienced Walk Leaders, and we endeavour to enlighten you with plenty of info about natural and man-made features.. We walk in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, West Sussex, and East Sussex, and occasionally venture into Wiltshire. In addition, we organise trips away with a full programme of led walks, with the option of camping or other accommodation nearby (which members arrange for themselves).. These away trips may be further afield, such as Bradford on Avon, Snowdonia, the Peak District, East Sussex, Hereford and North Devon.
Details of individual walks are only available to members of Hampshire Hikers Meetup. There will be a charge of £2 per person for each walk, to cover Meetup site membership and a contribution to Walk Leader expenses, which we kindly ask you to bring, in cash, to pay the Walk Leader on the day.
So, pack your food and drink and get those walking boots and weatherproofs on! Afterwards, if restrictions and social mixing rules allow, there will be time for a pint or a coffee in a friendly pub...
Please read this ‘small print’ too ....
• Please JOIN a walk if you become a member! This will be YOUR group - and there is absolutely no point in belonging to it if after 6 months you have not even looked at the programme.
• COMMIT. Please read the details of each walk carefully and make sure you will be comfortable with the distance, mud, puddles (or sunshine), and hills. And then sign up if you are free and determined to commit.
• PLAN. Sign up for the walks well in advance: we ask that you do this at least 48 hours before the walk is due. But later signings will of course be welcome if you find an unexpected, last-minute window in your weekend diary..
• BE COURTEOUS. If you find you are unable to go on a walk you have signed up for, please, as a courtesy, post a comment and remove your name at least 48 hours before the walk. Or, if a disaster on the morning of the walk means you really can't join us, please send a message to the Walk Leader or post a comment, even at this late stage, so that we won’t be wondering whether you have just got lost getting to the start, or had an accident.
DON'T DOUBLE BOOK with another group, or with us! This blocks a space for another member.
• Also, bear in mind that Walk Leaders reserve the right to cancel a walk. On the rare occasion that this might happen, the Walk Leader will endeavour to post the cancellation at least 24 hours before the walk is scheduled. Walk leaders will let attendees know via the site that the walk has been cancelled. You must check the walk details on line yourself , the evening before the walk, to check whether it is taking place or not.
• BE RESPONSIBLE. You walk at your own risk and take responsibility for your own health and safety, which includes sufficient food and drink, and correct walking attire, with appropriate footwear and waterproofs/sun protection. And if Covid type restrictions are in place again, then you must respect these, and abide by the Group's guidelines.
• CONTROL your DOG. If you are a dog owner, you alone are responsible for your dog and need to ensure it is always under control, and on the lead at appropriate times. Your dog must be used to walking with a group of people, and not get under their feet, and also be quiet, obedient and well behaved. Warnings relating to livestock must be obeyed.
• BE RESPECTFUL. We must all abide by the spoken and unspoken rules of the countryside at all times: we respect the natural environment - and each other..