What we're about

ABOUT US

Please note we're running this group with our main one, Hike for Charity. Please see here for more details: https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity

We are an established group of experienced hikers dedicated to enjoying the countryside for its fresh air, green spaces and the opportunity for socialising and fitness. Our hikes are usually around 10 miles or more in distance and include as many hills as we can pack in. Most hikes involve a picnic lunch (bring your own), and occasionally a pub lunch (for which we will pre-order). You are welcome to join us if you can maintain an energetic pace up hills for 4-5 hours. But, please read the Terms and conditions, before you join. This is a group for adults who are responsible for their own health and safety.

Terms and Conditions

Our H2I Hill Fitness events require a moderate level of fitness but do not need the ability to run. All our hikes require a good fitness level. (As a guideline hikers should be in good health and already participate in regular 10 mile undulating walks or several hours of moderate cardio-vascular exercise each week). We reserve the right to exclude people who lack sufficient fitness (and thereby generate liability for the group), participants inappropriately dressed for the hiking environment or those who are disagreeable and diminish the enjoyment of the group. We will also exclude those who persistently ‘no show’ or cancel at the last minute, thereby preventing other keen participants from taking their place on the hike.

By signing up for one of our walks you have agreed that you have understood and will adhere to these terms and conditions.

Leadership and Organisation

Hike to Indulge has been going strong as a Meetup group since early 2011. Personal trainer and trekking devotee, Alex Murphy established the group as an alternative to exercise in the gym. By leading small groups on hilly brisk-paced hikes, participants could burn calories, work leg muscles, while discovering new places and people in the great outdoors. At the end of most hikes we visit local independent country pubs for post hike drinks and laughs. The idea is: hike hard to earn your right to indulge.

Upcoming events (3)

Climb up a shoulder of Mutton! (10 miles/16 kilometres)

Petersfield Railway Station

£5.00

Do this because - you'll get great views over an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We're doing this walk with our Meetup group, Hike For Charity. Please see here: (https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity)

We're raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (https://www.gosh.org). We’ll deduct Meetup fees but all the profits will go to GOSH. 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: £5 on the day. Plus your train fare. See below.

MEETING AT
Station: Petersfield.
Meeting point: outside the station ticket office. We'll be holding a GOSH banner - see the photo below.
Meeting time: 11.00 am. We'll leave at 11.10 am

GETTING THERE

Train out: leaves London Waterloo at 10 am and arrives at Petersfield at 11.04 am

Train fare (as of 14 Aug) Super off-peak day return to Petersfield is £31.80 or £20.95 with a Network Railcard. If you get into groups of at least three, you can get a Groupsave discount which is also £20.95 per person.
See Trainline: https://www.thetrainline.com/

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]

Surrey's leafy canals - 11 miles/17 km

West Byfleet

£5.00

We're doing this walk with our Meetup group, Hike For Charity. Please see here: (https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity)

Do this walk to explore some of the hidden waterways of West Surrey 😊

(Walk details are further below.)

If you sign up for this walk, you’re confirming you’ve read and agree to our Covid-19 policy, see here: https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity/pages/31128764/Covid-19_Secure_Policy/

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.

HIKE FACTS
Hike distance: 11 miles/17 km (about 3.5 to 4 hours of actual walking)
Hike grade: 1/10 (easy walking along paths)
Hike speed: approx. 2.5 to 3 mph
Weather: https://www.bbc.com/weather/2634478

COST
Meetup fee: £5 cash on the day

MEETING AT
Station: West Byfleet Station
Meeting point: Outside the station
Meeting time: 10.55 am. We'll leave at 11.10 am
Plan your route: https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/ and https://www.thetrainline.com/ (10:24 train from Waterloo arrives West Byfleet at 10:51. Get a return to West Byfleet.)
Trains return to Waterloo from Hampton Court Station every 30 minutes.

WALK DESCRIPTION
This easy walk is very close to London. It starts in West Byfleet and we finish at Hampton Court. Along the way, we’ll follow the secluded Basingstoke Canal, the Wey Navigation Canal and then join the Thames in Weybridge, which takes us to Hampton Court.

You can see the route and a full walk description here, which we’ve taken from the Saturday Walker’s club (which is a great site for hikers):
https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/west-byfleet-to-hampton-court/

There are many pubs and cafes along the walk. We’ll stop at a cafe in Walton Marina for lunch, though you’re welcome to bring your own sandwiches to eat by the river.

Between Walton and Hampton Court there is a place where you can feed the Swans - bring stale bread - although not normally recommended, it encourages them to stay in a specific area.

At the end of the walk, you can take in the splendid views of the palace and gardens, or join us for a drink at one of the many cafes and pubs in Hampton Court 😊

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 us on the day:
Colin:[masked]
Neil:[masked]

Good Queen Bess at Tilbury. 8.5 miles/13.5 km

Tilbury Town

£5.00

‘I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a concrete elephant’
Queenie, Blackadder II, 1986

What she actually said when famously rallying her troops at Tilbury to face the Spanish Armada was:

‘I know I have the body but of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.’
Elizabeth 1, 1588

We're raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (https://www.gosh.org). We’ll deduct Meetup fees but all the profits will go to GOSH. After each hike, we’ll let you know exactly how much we’ve all raised.

We're doing this walk with our Meetup group, Hike For Charity. Please see here: (https://www.meetup.com/Hike-For-Charity)

WALK DESCRIPTION
We start at Tilbury Town train Station and after a short walk passing Tilbury docks, we’ll head to the historic 16th century Tilbury Fort.

The fort has protected London from seaborne enemies since the 16th century and right up to the Second World War. The first fort was built by Henry VIII, and it’s here that his daughter Queen Elizabeth I delivered her famous speech, rallying England against the Spanish Armada.

We’ll then pass the power station sea wall on the foreshore of the Thames, before moving on to the historic nineteenth-century Coalhouse Fort on the river’s bend. We’ll follow the Thames before stopping off at the George and Dragon pub for a pick me up before turning towards East Tilbury train station.

HIKE FACTS
Hike distance: 8.5 miles/13.5 km (about 3/3.5 hours of actual walking)
Hike grade: 2/10
Hike speed: approx. 2.5/3mph over varied terrain
Weather: https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2635836/

COST
Meetup fee: £5 on the day. Plus your train fare. See below.

MEETING AT
Station: Tilbury Town train station.
Meeting point: outside the station ticket office. We'll be holding a GOSH banner - see the photo below.
Meeting time: 11.15 am. We'll leave at 11.20 am.

GETTING THERE

Train out: leaves London Fenchurch Street at 10.23 am and arrives at Tilbury Town at 11.09 am.

Train fare (as of 15 Sep): a Super off-peak day return to East Tilbury is £11.30 or £7.45 with a Network Railcard. If you get into groups of at least three, you can get a Groupsave discount which is also £7.45 per person.
See Trainline: https://www.thetrainline.com/

Train back: is from East Tilbury, there's a train every half an hour coming back to London.

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]

Past events (199)

The Other Way in Essex! 9.5 miles / 15.5km

Upminster

£5.00

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