What we're about

We're raising money in aid of CHICKS (https://www.chicks.org.uk/) - Country Holidays for Inner City Kids. We love the countryside and if by hiking we can help others enjoy it too, 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 CHICKS.

So, if you love hiking at the weekend and would enjoy the extra feelgood 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)

Upcoming events (3)

The Hangers Way and Shoulder of Mutton Hill (10 miles/16 kilometres)

Do this because - you'll get great views over an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We set up this group in aid of CHICKS - Country Holidays for Inner City Kids (www.chicks.org.uk). We’ll deduct Meetup and PayPal fees but all the profits will go to CHICKS. After each hike, we’ll let you know exactly how much we’ve all raised. HIKE FACTS Hike distance: 10.3 miles/16.6 km (about 5/6 hours of actual hiking) Hike grade: 5/10 Hike speed: approx. 2.5/3mph over varied terrain Weather: https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2640348 COST Meetup fee: £6 Train fare: Super off peak day return to Petersfield is: £29.40, but with Groupsave discount it’s: £19.40 (same price if you have a Network Railcard). See below for further information. Prices as at 17 Oct from Trainline: https://www.thetrainline.com/ MEETING AT Station: Waterloo Meeting point: Ground floor, in the middle of the concourse, at the Meeting Point in front of the Information centre (by platforms 11 and 12). Meeting time : 9.15am for Group Save tickets (we need to get into a min of groups of three). Plan how to get to the station here: https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/ Train out: 10am (we’ll head to Platform at 9.45am). Arrive Petersfield at 11.02am Train back: is from Liss, there's one train an hour coming back to London. We can't say for sure what time we'll be back, so don't sign up if you've got important plans for the evening. WALK DESCRIPTION We start in the ancient market town of Petersfield and end in the village of Liss, Hampshire. Much of our walk follows the Hangers Way, a long-distance path which lies within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We’ll enjoy unspoilt countryside that that hasn’t changed in hundreds of years. This is a walk of gentle gradients apart from a fairly strenuous climb up Shoulder of Mutton Hill and one short steep downhill section – but the views will be worth it (as will the pint at the end) 😊 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 contact me on the day my number's:[masked]

Constable Country (11 miles/17 km hike)

Liverpool Street Station

£6.00

Do this hike because you love Constable’s paintings! We set up this group in aid of CHICKS - Country Holidays for Inner City Kids (www.chicks.org.uk). We’ll deduct Meetup and PayPal fees but all the profits will go to CHICKS. After each hike, we’ll let you know exactly how much we’ve all raised. HIKE FACTS Hike distance: 10.7 miles/17.3 km (about 5/6 hours of actual hiking) Hike grade: 4/10 Hike speed: approx. 2.5/3mph over varied terrain Weather: https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2643107 COST Meetup fee: £6 Train fare: Super off peak day return is: £32.30, but with Groupsave discount it’s: £21.30 (same price if you have a Network Railcard). See below for further information. Prices as at 11 Oct from Trainline: https://www.thetrainline.com/ MEETING AT Station: Liverpool Street Station Meeting point: Ground floor, half way along the concourse in front of Upper Crust (by platforms 9 and 10). Meeting time : 8.45am for Group Save tickets (we need to get into a min of groups of three). Plan getting to the station here: https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/ Train out: 9.38am (we’ll head to Platform at 9.25). Arrive Manningtree at 10.48 Train back: there are three trains an hour coming back to London. We can't say for sure what time we'll be back, so don't sign up if you've got important plans for the evening. WALK DESCRIPTION (Also known as the Manningtree circular) We’ll walk through the Stour valley, a landscape now protected as the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. After lunch, our route takes us past Dedham Lock and Mill, and from Essex into Suffolk, along the River Stour to Stratford St Mary and its church. From there, we’ll move on to East Bergholt which is where Constable was born. The village has a church with an unusual bell cage and an old friary that's now an organic farm. We’ll then head in to Flatford Mill (the picture above) before returning to Mannigtree – and of course a pub 😊 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 contact me on the day my number's:[masked]

London's secret gem - the Regent's Canal (9 miles/14.5 kilometres)

Warwick Avenue Station

£5.00

Do this hike because - it's the prettiest walk in London. And you can wear your trainers and bail out early if it rains! We set up this group in aid of CHICKS - Country Holidays for Inner City Kids (www.chicks.org.uk). We’ll deduct Meetup and PayPal fees but all the profits will go to CHICKS. After each hike, we’ll let you know exactly how much we’ve all raised. HIKE FACTS Hike distance: 9 miles/14.5 km (about 3/4 hours of actual walking) - and possibly a tiny bit more as there’s always a detour or two because of path upgrades or engineering works! Hike grade: 3/10 Hike speed: approx. 2.5/3mph over varied terrain Weather: https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2643743 COST Meetup fee: £5 cash on the day MEETING AT Station: Warwick Avenue Station Meeting point: Outside the station Meeting time : 11am. We'll leave at 11.10 am WALK DESCRIPTION This linear walk takes us west to east right through the middle of London. We start at Little Venice and finish 9 miles later on the River Thames, after passing through the beautiful Limehouse Basin marina. If you’re not already familiar with this walk, it’s one of London’s best-kept secrets. There’s loads to see along the way including some of the capital’s most famous landmarks like Regent’s Park, Camden Lock and King’s Cross. We’ll lunch at Camden market about a third of the way into the walk, and possibly another stop at Angel depending on how we’re doing. We finish very close to Limehouse DLR and there are several pubs to choose from including The Narrow, The Grapes and right next to the station is the Craft Beer Co pub 😊 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 contact me on the day my number's:[masked]

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