What we're about

Outdoors adventure group established since 1934 and a collective varied guiding experience in UK Ireland and Spain more than any other outdoor group. Join us for hiking, canoeing, sailing, numerous overseas hiking/ sightseeing trips, cycling, mountain biking and social weekends away.


Also featured in the Times newspaper http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/leisure/daysout/14740072.Harrow_and_Wembley_Outdoors_Group_celebrate_80_years/


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We are a very friendly and successful outdoor and Social group. Our group is long established with the majority of our members living in London. We offer a wide variety of outdoor activities led by experienced walk leaders. Our core programme offers a weekly hike, about 20 weekends away each year, regular training (see details below), evening walks and social events. We also arrange camping trips (see details below), regular cycle rides (off road & on road) and organise hill walking, horse riding hacks, sailing adventures, caving & canoeing excursions as part of our weekends away.



As we are affiliated to the YHA (since 1934) we benefit from YHA discounts at all hostels. We are a non profit making voluntary group. Thus we can offer very competitively priced trips away. All our walks & bike rides are free.

Typical costs for a weekend away for camping are £20 total, bunk house/cottage, £25, YHA hostel £30 total cost.



Our group aims to train all members in navigation, leadership & first aid skills so that they become qualified walk leaders,

We benefit from our own hall where we arrange regular social events, BBQs, new members social evenings, training events and an annual awards ceremony where everyone can join up to celebrate the year, Anyone can attend our hall event if they want to meet us before joining us on a walk or weekend away.



All our walks are researched and selected to provide top views, lots of variety and historic features with a great pub to visit on route.

We have long experience of camping trips; all our sites allow camp fires and bbqs. We also book sites in the Malvern Hills and Cotswold (great walking areas) where the lack of YHAs mean camping is the best way to enjoy the countryside; we have a stock of modern tents & other equipment to lend out to new campers.


All our day events are free. Membership provides benefits such as affiliated YHA membership and discounts at all major outdoor shops. Come along to any of our events on the calendar, If any questions contact us on “social@hawog.org.uk" For our full current programme see https://www.hawog.org.uk/programme.php . Our YHA affiliated group name is Harrow & Wembley Outdoor Group (hawog). All events are run by the Hawog group.


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Upcoming events (5+)

Monthly Pub Social in Harrow

The White Horse


Our monthly social meet up is at the White Horse, Harrow. 5 minutes walk from South Harrow Station , 5 minutes by bus from Harrow on Hill station. We have reserved some tables in the rear area of the pub. Look for the sign on the table. Many existing members will be joining us & it is a good opportunity to meet the rest of the group & find out about future day events & trips away. Free to actual group. www.hawog.org.uk Any questions please mail [masked]

Bluebell Woods and Horsenden Hill Walk

Perivale Underground Station


Perivale Wood is owned by the Selborne Society, which is a Natural History organization. It is kept locked for most of the year but on one day each year it is open to the public, to coincide, hopefully, with the appearance of bluebells. This event is always well attended and, as well as walking the trail through the reserve, one can see stalls of clubs with an interest in nature and also enjoy tea and cakes. http://www.perivalewood.k-hosting.co.uk/ Perivale is on Central line & several buses pass through. Limited free car parking in area. We are meeting outside the station. Afterwards, we will walk over to Horsenden Hill for views from Summit. We will go to the Ballot Box pub on Horsenden Hill for late lunch & drinks. Walk only 5 miles in total. Walk arranged by main group (www.hawog.org.uk (http://www.hawog.org.uk/)). Walk is free for all members. Join via rsvp option below. ALL walks are free for 12 months. Any questions mail [masked]

Wye Valley: Walking, Cycling and Canoeing

Biblins Lodge


We are spending the early May bank holiday weekend in the Forest of Dean. We are staying at the newly opened Camp Koodoo in pre-erected bell tents. There is much to see in this ancient woodland bounded by the river Wye. This popular tourist area was traditionally a source for charcoal, iron working, coal and of course forestry. Thus creating places of interest like Cannop Ponds, Clearwell Caves, Dean Forest Railway, G.W.R. Museum, Soudley Ponds and the Sculpture Trail. Friday: After settling into our surroundings we intend a short walk to the Saracen's Head in Symonds Yat for evening meal. Saturday: We plan to hire bikes from Cannop Bike Hire to cycle around Cannop Ponds on dismantled railway paths adapted for cycling. We will then head to Symonds Yat East where we take a break and hope to see peregrine falcons at the viewpoint over the river Wye. After we head down to Symonds Yat West for our last stop at the Saracen's Head for lunch then a short cycle along the Peregrine Way to Biblings where we end the ride, approx. 16 miles. In the evening, we plan a barbecue and campfire at the site. Sunday: Kayaking on the river Wye from Biblins to Redbrook on inflatable kayaks, taking a lazy paddle down the fast moving Wye with virtually no need to paddle. When we reach our destination, the Boat Inn at Redbrook, this will be our late lunch stop and drop off point for the kayaks. Short walk in the afternoon. There will also be option for riverside walks for the non-canoers, direct from the campsite. Monday: After striking camp there will be a choice of a walk around the very impressive Tintern Abbey. Plus there is the Sculpture Trail walk on the way home. Lots of other options in the area as well. Refreshments Self-catering at campsite. Nearby pub to campsite. Lots of cafes and pubs on the day's itinerary, as this is a busy tourist area. Travel From the A40, Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth Road, leave the dual carriageway at Crockers Ash, and follow the signs to Biblins Campsite. Note that access is via a single vehicle width track with passing places, which is unsuitable for coaches or vehicles over 6ft wide. Nearest train station is Chepstow, with bus links to the campsite. Car share may be available with others going. People booking will need to contact others directly. The organiser will forward list of those booked nearer the time. Accommodation Camp Koodoo is a fixed camp, with accommodation for 36 campers, with bell tents for sleeping and its own marquee and kitchen. This is a brand new facility and we will be the first ever visitors to this unique project run by enthusiastic people like ourselves. Camp Koodoo, Biblins Youth Campsite, The Doward, Whitchuch, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 6DX. Cost of event, £50 per person for 3 nights in glamping bell tents. Cost includes guided walks each day, guided bike ride and 12 months membership with all benefits. For all questions please mail [masked]

London Loop Walk

Hatch End Station


This is an easy 7 mile linear walk, along section 15 of the London Loop from Hatch End to Stanmore. The walk takes in the estate of Grims Dyke Hotel, the famous Norman Shaw designed home of Sir William Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. The gardens feature several giant redwood trees and colourful rhododendrons. Option for picnic stop at panoramic viewpoint from summit of Old Redding. Route continues into Bentley Priory common passing the famous headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. After a stop at the deer park we will end the walk in Stanmore where there are several pubs and cafes to stop at. Route is easy walking on mostly level ground. Refreshments - Packed lunch for stop at viewpoint. Pubs and cafes at end. Travel - Hatch End is on Overground from Harrow and Wealdstone, also regular buses to start. Stanmore station is on Jubilee line, can return to Harrow changing at Wembley Park for Metropolitan line. Regular buses back to Hatch End (10 minutes) and to other areas. Limited free parking near start point. Start - 11:00am at Hatch End station, postcode HA5 4ET Finish around 3:00pm at Stanmore station, postcode HA7 4TT Walk arranged by main group (www.hawog.org.uk (http://www.hawog.org.uk/)). Walk is free for all members. Join via rsvp option below. ALL walks are free for 12 months. Any questions mail [masked]

Past events (352)

Chorleywood to Rickmansworth Walk

Chorleywood Station (LUL) Car Park


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