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This is a group for anyone interested in meeting like-minded people and socialising by participating in hiking adventures. All skill levels are welcome. We started this group to help people to get connected, travel together and explore amazing natural wonders. Looking forward to discovering best Britain's hidden gems with new friends!

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Upcoming events (5)

White Cliffs of Dover Coastal Day Hike + MAP READING 🗺️ + FISH & CHIPS

This weekend we’re off to the iconic White Cliffs of Dover! On this dramatic coastal cliff-top hike, we’ll enjoy unrivalled views of the English Channel, the French coast and world’s busiest passenger port - Port of Dover. Beautiful sandy and shingle beaches, seafront promenades with lovely artworks and historic castles, charming St. Margaret’s Bay and refreshing sea breeze - the hike is very exciting and one of my favourite! Apart from the incredible panoramic views and famous chalk cliffs, the place holds a spectacular abundance of history, science and innovation. The cliffs were the front line for much of World War II and house a labyrinth of tunnels buried beneath the headland. Along the way we’ll see the famous Dover Castle, described as the “Key to England”, which has guarded the shortest sea crossing between England and continental Europe for nine centuries. Never conquered, its strategic importance was equaled only by the Tower of London and Windsor Castle. We’ll also pass the first lighthouse in the world to shine with an electric lamp thanks to the groundbreaking work of Michael Faraday. In this very lighthouse, Guglielmo Marconi did some of the world’s first radio experiments including the first ship to shore wireless transmission and the first international wireless transmission in 1899. HIKE HIGHLIGHTS: • Enjoy a gentle stroll along the famous White Cliffs of Dover • Take in dramatic panoramic views across the channel and the Strait of Dover • Watch the hustle and bustle of the world’s busiest passenger port • Visit the lovely St. Margaret’s Bay and have some tea/snacks there with spectacular views out to sea • Walk along the impressive 300 feet high Shakespeare Cliff, depicted in William Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear” • Walk right above the Channel Tunnel • See World War I sound mirrors used to detect incoming enemy aircraft before radar was invented • Discover South Foreland Lighthouse used a test bed location for groundbreaking inventions of world-famous physicists Faraday and Marconi • See one of the most iconic English fortresses - Dover Castle. In May 1940 the greatest rescue of all time, evacuation of Dunkirk (“Operation Dynamo”), was controlled from here as was the decoy invasion to distract attention from the real D-Day landings • Enjoy delicious, freshly cooked fish & chips with a great view to the sea 🐟🍟 DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 18 miles (29 km). Difficulty: Difficult (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html). There will be a number of very steep climbs and descents, however, most of the route follows the cliff-top trail and is relatively flat. The hike is suited for people with a medium or excellent level of fitness. MEETING POINT: We will meet at the London St Pancras International railway station on the benches next to Starbucks at 8:15am and leave the meeting point at 8:25am. Planned arrival time back to London, depending on the pace of the group, is about 9pm. FOOD: We will stop for a snack lunch at the St James Dover leisure & retail park, which is directly on our way. It has Costa Coffee, Greggs, Nando’s and M&S Foodhall. You can buy your lunch and hot drinks there or bring a packed lunch with you. After the hike, we have booked a table for the group in the fabulous Sea View restaurant in Deal, which has the best fish & chips in town and a lot of happy customers! Portion sizes are very good and prices are reasonable 👍 SAFETY: This hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified hike leader. BOOKING: Payment of £34 via PayPal on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. WHAT TO BRING: • suitable hiking shoes and clothes • packed lunch (optional) • water We will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day hiking! 🙂

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro – Africa's highest peak ⛰️

Parkview Inn

£220.00

Join London Social Hiking group on an adventure of a lifetime, as we head towards Tanzania to climb Mt Kilimanjaro! Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania. With an elevation of 5,895 m, Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in the entire African continent and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world (meaning it is not connected to a series of mountain ranges)! We will be climbing Kilimanjaro along the Machame Route in 7 days. ABOUT MACHAME ROUTE: The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro and a favourite for us. Machame route has one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low” hence making it a more favourable route for acclimatisation. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain. The Machame route starts in the southwest side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho routes just after the Shira cave camp. The Machame route can be done in a minimum of 6 days but a 7-day trek is recommended to allow climbers to be well-rested and acclimatised before making the final ascent to the summit. Since 2015, we have been completing Kilimanjaro routes with a success rate of 95% of participants reaching the summit! Here you can watch short videos from our previous trips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=NTnyD--O9Vk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKcJDgooo1I ITINERARY: 24th Feb Arrive in Tanzania – overnight stay in Moshi & orientation for the climb 25th Feb to 3rd Mar Kilimanjaro climb After the climb, we recommend to book a Safari trip or spend a few days on Zanzibar beaches. These options are available too. PAYMENT: We have a special offer from a Tanzanian tour operator to do the Machame route in 7 days for $1825. The deposit of 15% should be paid in advance to secure your place by RSVP'ing to this event, with the remaining balance ($1550) paid on the day before the climb in Tanzania (Moshi). Flight tickets are not included and start from £350 return. For groups of 5+, the tour operator offers a discount! THE PRICE OF $1825 INCLUDES: • 18% VAT on tour fees & services • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees • Three season mountain tents • Double layered sleeping mats • Transportation to & from the park gate • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters • 3 meals a day while on the mountain • Filtered water throughout the trek • Pre & post trek accommodation at the Parkview Inn • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) • 2-way private airport transfers THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • Flights • Tips to the mountain crew • Items of a personal nature • Laundry services • Doctor for the group • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$70 per toilet + toilet tent) • Trekking insurance (please check with your bank or book via NOMAD or similar). ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If you would like to join the trip, Max (the organiser of this meetup) would be more than happy to answer your questions in a personal message.

Hiking Atlantic Coast Weekend Trip *GOING BY MINIBUS* 🌊

We’re off to Pembrokeshire to explore the spectacular Pembrokeshire coastline and the National Park - a true paradise for walkers! The Pembrokeshire Coast Path twists and turns its way along one of the most breathtaking stretches of coastal scenery in Britain. The trail begins in the southern village of Amroth and finishes in St Dogmaels, near Cardigan in the North. It covers almost every kind of maritime landscape, from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves, to vast open beaches and winding estuaries. For much of the time, the path hugs close to the cliff-tops. Along the path you’ll find beautiful sandy beaches, hidden coves, picturesque harbours, dormant fishing villages, a Celtic Saints’ chapel, views overlooking islands, and incredible marine and seabird colonies. On this trip, we will hike along the southern section of the Coastal Path, starting in Amroth and continuing through the charming Tenby Harbour, lined with pretty pastel-coloured houses. As this section covers some of Pembrokeshire's most beautiful beaches, it is the most popular and busiest section of the path. TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: • Walk along Atlantic Coast • Walk along some of the most spectacular stretches of coastal scenery in Britain • Explore the ancient walled town of Tenby, with its picturesque harbour • Enjoy stunning sunsets from Pembrokeshire’s pristine beaches including Barafundle Bay • Explore the great Norman castle at Manorbier and Pembroke Castle, with its vast and varying presentation of views in all directions • Discover the hidden gem of the coast Saint Govan’s Chapel • Look out for unique marine life including grey seals, harbour porpoise, bottlenose dolphins, whales and basking sharks ITINERARY: Saturday: 07:45 meet at the Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five minute walk from Hammersmith Sation); 08:00 sharp departure; 12:30-18:30 walking along the coast from Amroth to Lydstep (Challenging, Distance: 20 Km/Ascent: 450 metres, sunset 18:00); 18:30 check-in at the seaside accommodation in Manorbier near the Norman Castle, free time for dinner & sunset at the Atlantic ocean. Sunday: 08:00-08:30 breakfast; 08:30­-15:00 hiking from Lydstep to St Govans (Challenging, Distance‎: ‎24 Km/Ascent‎: ‎500 metres); 15:30-16:30 lunch near Pembroke Castle in the historic Royal George pub, established circa 1780; 16:30 departure; 21:00 London, Hammersmith. DIFFICULTY OF HIKES: Challenging (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html) both Saturday & Sunday. THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport throughout the trip • experienced IAM/RoSPA qualified driver • professional event organisation • guiding on all hiking routes by an experienced Mountain Leader • group first aid kit with qualified first aiders • walkie-talkies provided in places with bad reception • expert local knowledge and 24-hour emergency assistance during the trip • hiking expertise and experience since 2008 • packed lunch on Sunday • one of the options below for one night's accommodation: o hostel: mixed dormitory room for up to 6 members of our group without breakfast o hotel: shared twin room with breakfast included (you will share a room with somebody from our group of the same gender) THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects, personal trekking insurance) ACCOMMODATION: Overnight we will stay in the lovely seaside village of Manorbier. Hostel: YHA Manorbier. Hotel: Castlemead Manorbier Hotel/Tudor Lodge Hotel. TRANSPORT: As on most of our trips, we will be travelling in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. If you prefer to drive yourself, the “self-drive” option is available on request (you can join our trip from any part of Britain)! Please PM us if you prefer this option. BOOKING: If you prefer to stay in a hostel, payment of £118 on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. Alternatively, if you'd like to stay in a hotel, please pay £138 via Paypal using the link below. Please leave your name & the date of the trip in a note or PM us. https://www.paypal.me/evebus/138 WHAT TO BRING: • HEAD TORCH • towels for a hostel booking • suitable hiking shoes • waterproof & windproof clothes • nuts and energy snacks to last you during the trip • packed lunch if you have any special dietary requirements • water bottle • small bag up to 10kg • gloves/hat/cap • walking poles That’s it, we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great long weekend of hiking! 😊

National Three Peaks Challenge in 24h 🏆

Evebus

£298.00

Join us for an iconic British walking challenge - the National Three Peaks challenge in 24 hours! During the challenge, we will attempt to climb the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdon) - all within 24 hours, which includes 460 miles (740km) of driving between them! We travel to Scotland on Saturday, staying overnight at the Glen Nevis campsite at the foot of Ben Nevis with spectacular views on the mountain. Early next morning, we start climbing Ben Nevis, climb Scafell Pike in England in the afternoon and finish the challenge with a night ascent of Snowdon! This is an active event and people participating should have the necessary fitness to walk over five hours per climb. You will be guided by an experienced Mountain Leader throughout the challenge. ITINERARY: Saturday: 7:45am meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (5 minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 8:00 departure; 20:00 arrive to Fort William in Scotland, check-in at the Glen Nevis campsite; Sunday: 5:00-6:00 breakfast; 6:00 start climbing Ben Nevis; 11:00 finish Ben Nevis and start driving to Scafell Pike; 17:00 arrive and start climbing Scafell Pike; 21:00 finish Scafell Pike and start driving to Snowdon; Monday: 2:00 arrive and start climbing Snowdon; 6:00 finish Snowdon and complete the challenge; 6:00-8:00 take a shower, have breakfast; 8:00-14:00 relax on the shore of the beautiful Padarn Lake; 14:00 departure; 20:00 London, Hammersmith. Travel times may vary depending on traffic/weather conditions and the fitness level of the group. DIFFICULTY: Over 24 hours, you will trek around 23 miles (37km) and ascend to a total height of almost 3,000m. This is a serious and tough challenge which requires a good level of fitness, as well as plenty of grit and determination. Ultimately, however, your hard work will be rewarded with spectacular views and a huge sense of achievement!!! 🏅 THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport throughout the challenge • a dedicated driver, who won't be walking, for the duration of the challenge • professional event organisation • guiding throughout the challenge by an experienced Mountain Leader • group first aid kit with qualified first aiders • walkie­-talkies provided in places with bad reception • expert local knowledge and 24-hour emergency assistance during the trip • hiking expertise and experience since 2008 • one of the options below for one night's accommodation: o place in a large tent, shared with the person of the same gender from our group (tent is provided if requested 48h before the start of the trip) o bed for one in a shared (single gender) camping pod o camping pod for your private use THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • food during the trip • personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects, personal trekking insurance) ACCOMMODATION: On Saturday night we will be staying at the Glen Nevis campsite in Fort William with stunning views to Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains. http://www.glen-nevis.co.uk/campsite/ Irrespective of the type of accommodation that you choose (a tent or a camping pod), the campsite has excellent facilities, with washrooms with toilets, free hot showers, wash hand basins, razor points and hand dryers. TRANSPORT: As on most of our trips, we will be travelling in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. BOOKING: If you prefer to stay in a tent, payment of £298 on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. If you'd like to stay in a camping pod, please pay £348 (shared pod) or £398 (private pod) via Paypal using one of the links below. Please leave your name & the date of the trip in a note or PM us. https://www.paypal.me/evebus/348 https://www.paypal.me/evebus/398 WHAT TO BRING: • HEAD TORCH • towels • sleeping mats & bags for those that stay in tents • sleeping bags or bedding for those that stay in camping pods as bedding is not provided • comfortable hiking shoes with ankle support • waterproof & windproof clothes • nuts and energy snacks to last you during the trip • water bottle • small bag up to 15kg • gloves/hat/cap • walking poles • swimwear That’s it, we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and enjoy your Three Peaks Challenge adventure!!!

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