What we're about

We're raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (https://www.gosh.org) (GOSH). We love the countryside and if by hiking we can help others, then we'll benefit and so will the kids.

All profits will go to charity. Hikers will pay a small fee for the day hike and we'll then deduct Meetup and PayPal fees - the rest will go GOSH.

So, if you love hiking at the weekend and would enjoy the extra feel-good factor of knowing your fee went to a good cause, then please sign up. You'll meet other sociable hikers too.

And if you'd like to lead a hike for us, please do get in touch.

Before coming on a hike, please read the important bits below :)

Our FAQs (https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity/pages/29668120/Our_FAQs/)

Our important legal bits (https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity/pages/29668134/Legal_bits/)

Our what to wear and take guide (https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity/pages/29668194/What_to_wear_and_take/) (fashionistas look away)

Here’s some examples of where your money goes:

• £10 for a genetic test to diagnose rare diseases.

• £20 to pay for an hour of research time with a world leading scientist.

• £50 to cover the cost of one night’s stay for parents and their families.

• And help fund the planned world-class Children’s Cancer Centre.

Upcoming events (3)

The Chiltern hills, monuments and trails - 18 Km / 11 miles

Needs a location

£5.00

Do this circular walk because – you’ll get lots of variety and great panoramic views across the Chiltern hills.

(Walk description is below).

We're raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (https://www.gosh.org). We’ll deduct Meetup and PayPal fees but all the profits will go to GOSH. After each hike, we’ll let you know exactly how much we’ve all raised. And if you’d like to join us and raise money by leading some hikes, please message me – the more the merrier 😊

HIKE FACTS
Hike distance: Approximately 18 km /11 miles
Duration: Walking time circa 6 hours plus approx 30 mins lunch.
Hike grade: Moderate
Hike speed: approx. 2.5/3mph over varied terrain
Weather: https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2634538

COST
Donation: £5 cash on the day.

MEETING AT
Wendover railway station
Meeting point: Outside the station ticket office. We'll be holding a GOSH banner, please see the photo below.

Meeting time: 10.15 am. We'll leave at 10.30 am.

GETTING THERE
Train: leaves London Marylebone at 09.27am and arrives at Wendover 10.15am.
Train fare (as of 12/06/22): £20.70 off-peak day return, or £13.65 with a Network Railcard. If you get into groups of at least three, you can get a Groupsave discount which is also £13.65.

Plan your route: https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/ and https://www.thetrainline.com/

If you are driving there is a car park at Wendover Railway Station HP22 6BX. Use the RingGo App. Its currently £5 per day.

Limited spaces will be available in a car leaving Reading Railway Station at 9.15 am. Message Carl R for information.

WALK DESCRIPTION
From Wendover station we ascend Coombe Hill via a shaded Bridleway that takes us towards the Hamlet of Dunsmore. We then join the Icknield Way Trail that takes us towards Buckmoorland. We are now 5.5km into the walk and refreshments are available for anyone that needs a snack.

We now follow the Ridgeway across open land towards Chequers, the country house of the Prime Minister. We'll skirt Maple Wood on to Pulpit Nature Reserve and descend to Lower Cadsden.

From here, we'll walk through woodland and ascend Whiteleaf Hill, to arrive at a viewpoint with great views over Princes Risborough. We'll stop here to eat our packed lunches.

After lunch, we head through Pulpit Wood and on towards the Ridgeway and Ellesborough village. Walking across open land we'll ascend Coombe Hill to the Boer War Memorial and enjoy excellent views of Wendover and Aylesbury Vale.

From the Memorial it’s all downhill on the Ridgeway National Trail to the end of our walk and a very well-earned drink at the Shoulder of Mutton located very close to the railway station.

Small Group Series, Hike 8. Malvern Hills, Worcestershire & Herefordshire

Needs a location

£5.00

This is the 8th hike in our series of 'Small Group Hikes'. These hikes have a limited number of places available.

During 2022 we expect to include 'Small Group Hikes' in Sussex, Cornwall, Dorset, Worcestershire, Yorkshire & Cumbria. Also France, Ireland & Crete.

A small donation (£5 minimum) is charged & donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (https://www.gosh.org). We’ll deduct Meetup fees but all the profits will go to GOSH. After this hike, we’ll let you know exactly how much we’ve all raised.

HIKE DESCRIPTION
Do Hike 8 if you love to walk the best peaks in the Malvern Hills.

This circular hike visits the main peaks of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Beacons with an optional trip to the monument on the Eastnor Estate. On our return leg we can flank the peaks or visit the summits for a second time.

HIKE FACTS
Hike distance: Approximately 20km/12 miles
Total ascent 818m.
Walking time circa 9 hours
Regular short stops are planned during the day.

If we have two cars available we could do a linear hike of the Malverns from end to end. This is a shorter but harder hike with a ascent of 1000 metres

Malvern - BBC Weather

HIKE COST
Meetup fee: £5 on the day.

STAYING AT THE AIRBNB
A small number of us will be staying at an AIRBNB located a short distance from Ledbury from 22 July to 24 July. You're welcome to join us if we have space available.

I currently have spare seats in my vehicle if anyone wants a lift from Reading on the morning Friday 22 July, returning on the evening of Sunday 24 July.

Please message Carl R for additional information about the transport or accommodation.

MEETING AT:
Swinyard car park on Castlemorton Common.
Ordnance Survey Grid Ref SO766382
Postcode WR13 6BX
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GETTING THERE
People attending these 'Small Group Hikes' are likely to be arriving from completely different locations so no attempt is made to provide detailed travel information.

KEY INFORMATION
YOU MUST READ THE THREE SECTIONS BELOW - if you join this trip, you're confirming that you have.

  1. The perilous bit: https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity/pages/29668134/Legal_bits/
  2. Our FAQs, including an explanation of Groupsave tickets which will save you money: https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity/pages/29668120/Our_FAQs/
  3. See here for what to wear and take: https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity/pages/29668194/What_to_wear_and_take/

AND FINALLY
We're volunteers hoping to establish a community of friends, so please go with the flow and help out where and if you can.

If you need to get in touch on the day, you can contact online via Meetup.

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Small Group Series, Hike 9, Lake District

Needs a location

£5.00

This is the 9th hike in our series of 'Small Group Hikes'. These hikes have a limited number of places available.

During 2022 we expect to include 'Small Group Hikes' in Sussex, Cornwall, Dorset, Worcestershire, Yorkshire & Cumbria. Also France, Ireland & Crete.

A small donation (£5 minimum) is charged & donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (https://www.gosh.org). We’ll deduct Meetup fees but all the profits will go to GOSH. After this hike, we’ll let you know exactly how much we’ve all raised.

HIKE DESCRIPTION
Do Hike 9 if you love to hike in the Lake District.

We plan to hike from Seathwaite to the summit of England's highest peak, Scarfell Pike. You can expect a proper day out with impressive views on this must do hike in the Lake District.

If the weather is not suitable for our planned hike we will have back up plans to hike alternative less challenging locations.

HIKE FACTS
Hike distance: Approximately 20km/12.5 miles
Total ascent 876m.
Walking time circa 9 hours
Regular short short stops are planned during the day.

Wasdale Head - BBC Weather

HIKE COST
Meetup fee: £5 on the day.

STAYING AT THE AIRBNB
A small number of us will be staying in York for 2 nights arriving 13 August & then at Ambleside for 4 nights arriving 15 August. You're welcome to join us if the accommodation at these locations has vacancies.

I currently have spare seats in my vehicle if anyone wants a lift from Reading on the morning 13 August, returning on the evening of 19 August.

Please message Carl R for additional information about the transport or accommodation.

MEETING AT:
Keswick Bus Station.
Parking at Central Car Park CA12 5DN

GETTING THERE
People attending these 'Small Group Hikes' are likely to be arriving from completely different locations so no attempt is made to provide detailed travel information.

KEY INFORMATION
YOU MUST READ THE THREE SECTIONS BELOW - if you join this trip, you're confirming that you have.

  1. The perilous bit: https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity/pages/29668134/Legal_bits/
  2. Our FAQs, including an explanation of Groupsave tickets which will save you money: https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity/pages/29668120/Our_FAQs/
  3. See here for what to wear and take: https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity/pages/29668194/What_to_wear_and_take/

AND FINALLY
We're volunteers hoping to establish a community of friends, so please go with the flow and help out where and if you can.

If you need to get in touch on the day, you can contact online via Meetup.

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