What we're about

Welcome to London Explorers a walking social group aiming to do a wide range of guided walks across London and further afield exploring other fantastic British towns and countryside.

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Most of our walks start at a convenient tube or railway station and aim to get the best deals on any group save tickets for trains and try when possible to look for free car parking giving you as many travel options as possible.

All our walks are well researched, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the lovely scenery or urban views in the company of other like-minded individuals and of course you will be keeping fit. Most walks end with a well-deserved pub stop with a strong social ethos.

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Most of the London guides have done professional guiding courses such as the Islington and Clerkenwell Guiding Diploma or City of London Guiding Certificate, some have both or others even.

The walks are very varied from just a couple of miles covering historical sights to longer urban or country walks of over over ten miles and are either just a couple of hours or longer day trips mainly at the weekend but also some during the week or evening.

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We are enthusiastic about photography and encourage photographs walking at a leisurely pace but also sometimes with harder faster and longer walks.

We are twined with another country hiking group Chiltern Explorers (http://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/) and often do events together. Chiltern explorers is based to the west of London in the gorgeous Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and also does a wide range of weekends away to other UK National Parks and other AONBs.

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Chiltern Explorers is unusual for many outdoor meetup groups in that it currently only arranges the walks and leaves the accommodation up to the members giving members the option to go on the days they want and stay according to their budget, many members also car share for trips away. The weekends have a good social atmosphere and comradery.

The London walks have covered such diverse subjects as Jack the Ripper, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Wren Churches, Fryscrapers and Walkie-Scorchies, London Parks and Canals amongst many other themed walks.

The country walks have covered the Chiltern and Surrey hills, the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head and the Lake District amongst many others.

IN LIGHT OF THE CURRENT WORLD HEALTH CRISIS I AM HOSTING SOME LIVE VIDEO EVENTS ON LONDON EXPLORERS & CHILTERN EXPLORERS MEETUP GROUPS.

I hope you decide to join us!

Upcoming events (5)

[ONLINE] Virtual Team Monopoly & Quiz

London

A virtual team Monopoly game... I will get you together in teams for this virtual Monopoly game and there will be a quiz as part of the game. A real Monopoly board will be screen shared so you can see the others moving around the board. Your host will move the board tokens and thrown the dice for you. For purposes of time we will finish the game that evening, the richest team wins, what could go wrong...? I am hosting this using Zoom which is (https://zoom.us/). The invite link will be sent to your meetup message account about half an hour or less before the event starts, make sure you have Zoom enabled. Voluntary Contribution I am asking for a voluntary contribution to help with costs and time, suggested amount £2 (please message the organizer directly for payment details). IMPORTANT Please ensure you have your video enabled so the host and others can see who is attending, do not share the zoom link and do not bring guests and behave appropriately. Please keep your 'RSVP' updated for this event as it would help me get accurate numbers and determine who is turning up for the virtual walk; my phone number is Colin[masked]

Monarchy, Rebellion & Lord Protector – Friday Evening Walk

Trafalgar Square

£8.00

Walk length 3miles/5.km approx. Linear. A short evening walk from Trafalgar Square to Marble Arch past St James's Park and Hyde Park exploring some of the sights associated with the English Civil War of the C17th. We can sit down in Hyde Park if anyone wants to distance socialize after the hike close to marble Arch. Meeting and Transport Meet next to Nelsons Column in Trafalgar Square for the walk to start at 6.30pm. (my phone number is Colin[masked]). IMPORTANT This hike is limited to SIX PEOPLE INCLUDING THE ORGANIZER following recent guidance. Please keep to social distancing when on the hike and do not attend if you have any health issues. Cost/Meetup/organizer: £8 via paypal (you do not need a paypal account) in advance (this is non refundable unless the event gets cancelled). The host is a qualified guide. Transport, please research your own options for traveling to the start point and with regards current travel guidelines. The format of future hikes may change as a response to the latest guidelines and hopefully with more numbers and with a more ad hoc RSVP. Currently the hikes needs to be pay in advance as spaces are very limited. Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking shoes, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions (http://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/)

Forts of the Rings & Shoreham (LONG & HILLY)

Shoreham-by-Sea Station

£11.00

Walk length 19miles/30km Circular This hike is a chance to explore the South Downs from the seaside town and port of Shoreham-by-Sea to two significant hill forts, Chanctonbury Ring atop Chanctonbury Hill and Cissbury Ring with panoramic views across the South Downs and towards the sea. Highlights.. Chanctonbury Ring is a prehistoric hill fort atop Chanctonbury Hill it is thought to date from the Bronze Age and was used during Roman times with two temples built on it, one may have been part of a boar cult. Cissbury Ring includes fortifications built around the beginning of the Middle Iron-Age possibly around 250 BC but abandoned around 50 BC - 50 AD. The site of the fort contains a Neolithic mine, perhaps one of the first flint mines in Britain. The seaside town and port of Shoreham-by-Sea with river and sea views. There should be the chance to have a quick dip at the seaside. Meeting Outside Shoreham-by-Sea Station for the hike to start at 10.30am. Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Colin[masked]. Transport, please research your own options for traveling to the start point and with regards current travel guidelines. IMPORTANT This hike is limited to SIX PEOPLE INCLUDING THE ORGANIZER following recent guidance. Please keep to social distancing when on the hike and do not attend if you have any health issues. Cost/Meetup/organizer: £11 via paypal (you do not need a paypal account) in advance (this is non refundable unless the event gets cancelled). The format of future hikes may change as a response to the latest guidelines and hopefully with more numbers and with a more ad hoc RSVP. Currently the hikes needs to be pay in advance as spaces are very limited. Lunch & Finish Please bring a snack lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish before 6.00pm and include a rustic pack lunch stop in countryside (facilities will be limited). The time finishing may be earlier or later than stated depending on the weather and pace. PLEASE BE AWARE THIS IS A SUBSTANTIAL HIKE BOTH IN LENGTH AND WITH UNDULATING DOWNLAND COUNTRYSIDE AS WELL AS FLATTER COASTAL SECTIONS, TIME FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND SIGHTSEEING BUT WE MUST KEEP A GOOD PACE TO DO IT WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME. Walking Safety Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You should wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking shoes, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions (http://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/)

Hughenden, West Wycombe & Bradenham – (LONG HILLY) Hike

High Wycombe Station

£11.00

Walk length 15 miles approx. Circular. A fantastic scenic walk exploring Hughenden Manor, West Wycombe, Naphill and Bradenham with a combination of woods and fields. Burn off some of that Zoom virtual stuff !! Hughenden Manor was the home of the famous Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli from 1848 until his death in 1881. He entertained Queen Victoria here in 1877. The house is now owned by the National Trust. The historic village of West Wycombe is largely owned by the National Trust and features many interesting buildings built between the 16th and 18th centuries. The Mausoleum and Golden Ball above West Wycombe village are impressive local landmarks, visually dominating the village and can be seen for miles. The old village of West Wycombe and Wycombe Hill supports around 8 ghosts wandering the graveyards, caves and pubs! West Wycombe hill has been used for a quarry for centuries for roads and houses in the area and the quarrying was extended in the middle of the 18th century to help employ local workers after serious crop failures by Sir Francis Dashwood for his notorious Hellfire Club that may have involved Satanic or Pagan rituals but also a lot of partying! THIS HIKE IS VERY UNDULATING WITH NUMEROUS HILLS ACROSS WOODLAND AND FIELDS. Lunch & Finish Please bring a snack lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish before 5.30pm and include a rustic pack lunch stop in countryside (facilities will be limited). The time finishing may be earlier or later than stated depending on the weather and pace. There is the Rye Park in High Wycombe near the end should anyone wish to distance socialize after the hike. Meeting The walks starts outside High Wycombe Rail station at 11.00am. Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Colin[masked]. IMPORTANT This hike is limited to SIX PEOPLE INCLUDING THE ORGANIZER following recent guidance. Please keep to social distancing when on the hike and do not attend if you have any health issues. Cost/Meetup/organizer: £11 via paypal (you do not need a paypal account) in advance (this is non refundable unless the event gets cancelled). Transport, please research your own options for traveling to the start point and with regards current travel guidelines. The format of future hikes may change as a response to the latest guidelines and hopefully with more numbers and with a more ad hoc RSVP. Currently the hikes needs to be pay in advance as spaces are very limited. Walking Safety Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You should wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking shoes, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions (http://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/)

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