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 (https://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)

Whernside & Wensleydale & the Yorkshire Dales – Long Summer Weekend 2021

A fun packed extra-long summer weekend exploring the Yorkshire Dales from the small town of Settle. The trip will consist of four walks, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday using the train line from Settle up through the dales which should avoid us having to use cars

Saturday (Whernside 9miles/15km and circular), Sunday (Ingleborough, 10miles/16km), Monday (I Pen-y-ghent or Penyghent, 10miles/16km) Tuesday (Settle to Stainforth 8.5mile/14km).

Please note these hikes are yet to be finalized and may be done in a different order closer to the day depending on weather or transport conditions.

Start time will be approx. 10.15am from stations a short ride along the line from Settle.

The North York Dales is an upland area containing some of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK; the area was designated in 1952 as a national Park.

Lunch and Finish: Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The hikes finish at about 5pm and include a 30 min lunch stop, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace.

Accommodation and Meeting

The cost for the long weekend is £45 & this includes the guided hikes with two hike leaders for four days with a limit of 40 people for each of the day hikes (accommodation, travel & personal expenses not included) but there are no hidden extras & this gives you the chance to stay according to budget or requirements.

To pay for the trip please contact the organizer (Colin) for bank transfer details & you will be marked as paid. Only those that have paid will be guaranteed a spot on the hikes. Hike cost is no-refundable unless someone else wants a spot.

Everyone will be encouraged to arrange their own accommodation, either camping, Youth hostel, or B&B. We will get together as much as possible after the hikes in the evening for food & drink socials which will be around the nearest town of Settle (A WhatApp group will be set up nearer the time).

There are number of sites for camping, B&Bs or hostel bookings, suggested you find accommodation as close to Settle as possible. Some of you may want to meet up Friday night before the four day hikes.

Suggested accommodation options below for the weekend (YOU ARE ADVISED TO BOOK EARLY).

B&Bs and hostels see www.booking.com.

Transport will be by car sharing & a number of the group will have cars & there is a public transport option via train from London to Settle via Leeds.

BE AWARE THESE HIKES ARE OVER HARD TERRAIN & TRAVERSING SOME OF THE HIGHEST POINTS ACROSS THE YORKSHIRE DALES WITH OPEN ROCKY GRASSLAND, PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THIS.

Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon[masked] & Colin[masked].

Dog Policy: As a group we allow & enjoy dogs on our hikes, however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/Dog_Policy/)

Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit & generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit & be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You should wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking shoes (not trainers), warm & wet weather clothing & carry sufficient food & water. You may not be allowed on the walks if you have inappropriate gear. Please see our Terms & Conditions (https://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/)

COULD EVERYONE PLEASE AVOID COMMENTS BELOW THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC TO THE EVENT AS THIS GENERATES SPAM, YOU CAN MESSAGE THE ORGANIZERS, MANY THANKS.

Monarchy, Rebellion & Lord Protector – Thursday Evening Walk

Trafalgar Square

£4.00

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. The walk finishes near Marble Arch.

We can venture to a classy pub around Baker Street after the walk to socialize after the walk.

Meeting and Transport

Meet next to Nelsons Column in Trafalgar Square for the walk to start at 6.00pm, see photo above. (my phone number is Colin[masked]).

Cost: £4 cash payable on the day (guided walk & meetup costs (the host is a qualified London guide). You can do paypal or bank transfer if you prefer, please message the organizer.

Please keep your 'RSVP' updated for this event as it would help to get accurate numbers and determine who is turning up for the walk; (numbers are limited due to it being a city walk) my phone number is Colin[masked].

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 (https://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/)

COULD EVERYONE PLEASE AVOID COMMENTS BELOW THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC TO THE EVENT AS THIS GENERATES SPAM, JUST CHANGE YOUR RSVP IF YOU CAN'T GO. YOU CAN MESSAGE ME. MANY THANKS.

Dorking, Jack The Hammer & Shere – Long Hilly Country Hike

Waterloo Station

£8.00

Walk length 16miles/26km approx. Circular.

A chance to explore a great section of the Surrey Hills from the town of Dorking to the village of Shere.

Some features on this hike include scenic countryside from Dorking to Abinger through Westcott, Deerleap Wood and Broomy Downs to the fantastic views from the ridges along the North Downs Way back to Dorking past Ranmore Common.

We will have a snack lunch stop at the beautiful village of Shere which has a Norman church and picturesque cottages. The village of Abinger Hammer which we pass was famous for its forge and it is claimed to have manufactured guns for use against the Spanish Armada in the 16th century. A clock overhanging the village portrays 'Jack the Blacksmith' striking the hour with a hammer. The clock was given in memory of the first Lord Farrer of Abinger Hall who died in 1899 and the name Hammer comes from hammer ponds which were locally used in the medieval iron-making industry.

The walk follows a part of the North Downs Way, a long distance footpath of 156 miles long running along the chalk ridge of the North Downs.

THIS HIKE IS CONSIDERABLE IN LENGTH WITH UNDULATING HILLY COUNTRYSIDE, PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THIS.

Lunch and Finish

Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish before 5.00pm and include a snack pack lunch stop at Shere, the time back will depend on the weather and pace (you are advised not to have definite evening plans as this is a complete day out).

Transport and meeting please read...

Train from London: Meet outside the main WHSmith next to the rail information point and Pret A Manager on the main concourse at Waterloo Station at 8.45am (see photo below) to get the 9.24am train that gets to Dorking Main for 10.13am. We need time to get tickets/group saves so please be prompt (3-9 people for a group save).

At Dorking: Outside Dorking Main station for the hike to start promptly at 10.15am after the train from London arrives.

Parking: Dorking main station car park charges on Saturday, side streets may be free (please check for restrictions before parking).

Train cost should be under £10 with a groupsave or national railcard discount.

Cost: £8 cash payable on the day guided walk & meetup costs. You can do paypal or bank transfer if you prefer, please message the organizer.

Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Colin[masked].

Please read the group COVID procedures (https://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/30624495/COVID_19/)

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 boots, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions (https://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/)

COULD EVERYONE PLEASE AVOID COMMENTS BELOW THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC TO THE EVENT AS THIS GENERATES SPAM, JUST CHANGE YOUR RSVP IF YOU CAN'T GO. YOU CAN MESSAGE ME. MANY THANKS.

Wargrave, Culham Court Deer Park, Hurley & Thames – Country Hike

Walk length 14.5miles/23km approx. Circular.

A charming and varied hike from the Riverside village of Wargrave to Hurley passing through a number of woods and some of the Thames path.

Wargrave is a small Thames riverside village that has ancient roots, but is characterized now by largely Edwardian buildings. In the 11th century the wife of Edward the Confessor held the manor, it was known then as Weregrave.

The walk passes close to Culham Court house which dates back to at least the medieval period with the current building Georgian and dating back to 1771. The deer park has fantastic views across the Thames with two varieties of deer, fallow deer and white deer.

THIS IS AN UNDULATING HIKE WITH HILL AND FLAT RIVER SECTIONS BUT ALSO FAIRLY LONG In LENGTH, PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THIS.

Lunch and Finish

Please bring a snack lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish before 4.30pm and include a 30 min snack lunch stop (probably rustic with no facilities in woods) however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace.

Meeting & Transport, please read..

Train from London: 9.45am from London Paddington gets to Wargrave for 10.49am (see photo below) (short change at Twyford). See National Rail Enquiries (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/)

I would suggest you meet from 9.00am next to the WHSmith shop at Paddington to give you time to get group saves/buy tickets (see photo below). The organizer will not be taking the train from London but will meet you at Wargrave.

Meeting: We are meeting at Wargrave station for the hike to start at 10.50am after the train from London arrives.

By car: The car park at Wargrave Station is charged on a Sunday. Other free roadside parking close to the station may be available, please check for parking restrictions and allow enough time to park.

Cost: £7 cash payable on the day guided walk & meetup costs. You can do paypal or bank transfer if you prefer, please message the organizer.

Please read the group COVID procedures (https://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/30624495/COVID_19/)

Please make a note of the organizers number - Colin[masked].

The organizer will not be taking the train but will meet you at Wargrave for the start of the hike.

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 (https://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/3170152/Terms_and_Conditions/)

COULD EVERYONE PLEASE AVOID COMMENTS BELOW THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC TO THE EVENT AS THIS GENERATES SPAM, JUST CHANGE YOUR RSVP IF YOU CAN'T GO. YOU CAN MESSAGE ME. MANY THANKS.

Past events (1,377)

Holmes & the Secrets of the City – Thursday Evening Walk

Bond Street tube

£4.00

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